Publisher: University of Michigan Press (August 15, 1995)
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Lepcis Magna, one of many maximum towns of North Africa and some of the most well-known archaeological websites within the Mediterranean, used to be positioned within the zone (later province) of Tripolitania. Birthplace of the emperor Septimius Severus, town has yielded many good- preserved monuments from its Roman earlier, however the amazing structure and background of this urban hasn't ever been tested within the context of the traditional quarter as a complete, encompassing north-west Libya and southern Tunisia. David Mattingly has crammed this hole, providing vital new study at the army frontier, the pre-Roman tribal history, the city facilities, and the neighborhood financial system. Drawing on fresh excavations and box surveys, he reinterprets many elements of the payment historical past of this marginal arid quarter that when used to be filthy rich. in part via large-scale cultivation of olives, one of many least promising environments of the Mediterranean hosted one of many wealthiest Roman provincial cities- -Lepcis Magna.David Mattingly additionally considers many wider subject matters in Roman provincial reports: Romanization, the army process at the frontiers, and the commercial hyperlinks among provinces and the resources of elite wealth. The dramatic upward push and untimely decline of this sector, over the 500-year interval among Caesar's victory at Thapsus in forty six B.C.E. and the conquest of North Africa through the Vandals, make it essentially the most strange provincial histories of the Roman world.David J. Mattingly is Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, college of Leicester.