Leptis Magna: New forum, arch fragments with Medusa medallions
The forum was ordered built by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, who was born at Leptis Magna, It replaced an older forum closer to the seashore.
Leptis Magna: Medusa medallion, Roman forum
Medusa, with her snake-infested hair, turned to stone anyone who gazed upon her. Romans considered her a protectress and displayed her image around important public areas, such as the forum.
Leptis Magna: Roman theater, 1st - 2nd century A.D.
The theater is one of the oldest stone theaters surviving from the Roman era and is the second largest in Africa, after Sabratha.