Photographer's Note

The amphitheatre in Lepthis Magna, an elliptical crater embedded into a hill and overlooking the blue Mediterranean.

Two-thirds the size of the Colosseum in Rome, the theatre, which dates from AD56, boasted seating carved from the rock of the hill, and faced with limestone. Much of it is still in place.

When Leptis was an imperial city of the ancient Roman empire, this theatre could have received most of the population of the city (close to 16,000 people) for the games (the "sports" included rabbit and rodent hunts first and worked up the food chain for both predator and prey humans thrown to lions) and gladiator contests.

We had to pay the photography fee (a common thing in Libyan museums and sites), to access to this place with cameras

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