Discussion in 'History' started by mscbkc070904, Apr 5, 2005.
Gladiators in Libya, must have been training areas before moving to mainland of the Roman Empire.
I'd love to be able to see these someday. The article says that hundreds of US citizens visit the site, but how dangerous is it?
It stinks that all the good stuff is in these countries.
Yeah I know what you mean, like when I was in Venice I got to see tons of art and buildings, but alot of places there WILL NOT let you take pictures.
Libyan dig unearths Roman mosaics
A stunning glass-and-stone mosaic of an exhausted gladiator staring at a slain opponent has been unearthed in Libya. The mosaic is a window onto a thriving Roman city at the height of the empire's hold on North Africa.
The mosaic was discovered in Leptis Magna, which was founded 3,000 years ago on Libya's coast. The area joined the Roman Empire around 25 B.C. Leptis Magna's traders did well under Roman rule, but after the empire collapsed in the fifth century, the its prestige and population waned. The town disappeared in the 11th century.
Today, the ancient settlement is nestled next to Homs, a modern town that caters largely to archaeological missions and a growing number of foreign tourists.
Last June, Helmut Ziegert of the University of Hamburg hired workers to lift the panels out of the ground, haul them more than a mile and cement them to the walls of the small Leptis Magna Mosaic Museum, financed by Italian officials. The removal incensed some archaeologists, who claim that the mosaics were irreparably damaged. Ziegert dismisses the concerns.
If the gladiator mosaics are any indication, Libya's potential as a window into the history of the Roman Empire has only just begun to be tapped: less than a third of Leptis Magna, a 1,500-acre site, has been excavated.
As archaeologists continue to work, visitors to the little museum can contemplate the Roman equivalent of an action movie. The mosaics, says Luisa Musso, a specialist in mosaics and Roman archaeology at the University of Rome, "are so full of passion and drama, it's like watching a film."
You know what it even worst, that most of the ancient places of the beginning of civilization are located in Iraq and Iran all alone the Euphrates and I wonder if they will still be there by the time Iraq settlers down.
I can imagine the amount of artifact and ancient cities hiding in the sand of those nations.
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