City Planning On Ancient Lepcis, Libya Essay

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City Planning on Ancient Lepcis, Libya The Romans have been recognized for their intricate ‘ancient city town planning’ since the Oxford historian, Haverfield, “asserted the notion of the planned Roman city in 1913” (Laurence, p. 12). This has been studied throughout the course of Pompeii during the quarter, and will be discussed in another Roman city, Lepcis Magna - otherwise known as Libya. Lepcis Magna is considered one of the largest Roman cities in Africa, and will therefore portray similarities with Pompeii in terms of its public buildings, architecture, and city services. This paper will outline Lepcis Magna’s similarities to the ancient city of Pompeii by comparing its streets, public buildings, and city services. Lepcis began as early as the sixth century B.C. during the Carthaginian Empire. It was used as a trading station due to its accessibilities to different routes and the Mediterranean Coast. It was later overthrown by the Roman Empire during the Third Punic War in 149-146 B.C. Lepcis was at first rebuild as a small coastal town that connected the road from the new Carthage to Alexandria in Egypt. When Septimius Severus took over the throne in A.D. 193, he made the town into one of the most developed cities in Africa. He built all sorts of public buildings to commemorate his legacy, such as the restructuring of the Roman Forum and Basilica, the Arch of Septime Severus, a sacrificial statue in front of a temple, and a recreation of the Severan arch, which was…

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