Sabratha which was selected as an Emporium, or trading post, by the Phoenician merchant Sabratha holds one of the magnificent and interesting Roman Theatre and one of the most splendid mosaics of the Byzantine period.
Sabratha as we see it nowadays is first and foremost a creation of the Roman genius for building cities. The Romans developed the commercial potential of Sabratha by using the port as an outlet for a trade route running through Ghadames to Central Africa. Ivory, slaves and wiled animals constituted the bulk of this traffic.
There are Mausoleum of Bes, discovered by the Italian Antonio di Vita as late as 1962 and dated back to the 2nd Century B.C, to the South Forum Temple dated to 160 A.D, to the Basilica of Apoleius known as the Forum Basilica transformed in Christian church, continuing with; Forum the center of the social life, the Antonine Temple built in 90- 95 dedicated to the joint Emperor Marcus Aurelius and touring the Site to include the Basilica of Justinian, to the Curia, the Baths, the Temple of Isis, sunrise and sunset at Sabratha are solitary, bewitching,
Without watchmen, without tourists, the city breathes deeply and one respects the stillness, finishing with the mite of Sabratha’s Theatre the most notable Roman building of Sabratha dated to 175-200 A.D; facing the semi-circular triple-tiered auditorium stands the great scaenae frons, 25 m high and composed of 108 Corinthian columns arranged in three storey which follow the gentle curves of the free apses that contain the three doorways familiar from Roman Theatres all over the Empire,
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