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Leptis Magna

Leptis Magna

1. Arch of Septimus Severus

2. The Theatre

3. Hadrianic Baths

4. Via Trionfale

5. Market

6. Severan Basilica

7. The Old Forum

8. Amphitheatre; Circus

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Amphitheatre and Circus

Leptis Magna, Libya

Leptis' amphitheatre lies a good kilometre east of city centre. It could seat about 16,000 spectators and is delightfully laid out, smoother than what can be seen in other Roman cities. Although it appears as near complete, the colonnaded portico on top is gone.
The circus lies next to the amphitheatre, 450 metres long, and large enough to seat 25,000. What is there to see today, is negligible, many visitors walk out to this quarter and returns without having noticed the remains of the circus at all. The main purpose of the circus were chariot races.

By Tore Kjeilen