Libya´s ancient Greek archaological site of Ptolemais

Well worth a stop if you´re in the area between Cyrene and Apollonia, part of the modern-day village of Tolmeita), this was one of the Pentapolis (five significant Greek colonies of this region, which also include Cyrene, Apollonia, and Tocra). Founded in the 7th century BCE and then in the early 3rd century BCE expanded under and named after one of the Ptolemies (the Greek dynasty which included Cleopatra and ruled Egypt and this part of North Africa for nearly three centuries), ruins of villas, a basilica, and public baths.

Read more in my post 5 Fabulous Sites of Classical Antiquity in Libya.

David Stanley


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