Leptis Magna Museum

Leptis Magna Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum of Leptis Magna


large pots Jewellery at Leptis Magna Museum


Leptis Magna is the home of Berber, Punic, Phoenician and Roman remains, as well as the home of the Berber Roman emperor Septimius Severus. Many of these archaeological finds are now housed in the museum, including statues and stelaes of Tannit, Bal, El, Zeus, Mars, Isis, Serapis, Apollo, Castor & Pollux and many more characters of classical mythology, busts, inscription-bearing rocks, pottery, jewellery, coffins and metal work.



Pottery at Leptis Magna Museum

Roman pottery and tableware.

Pottery at Leptis Magna Museum

Metal work at Leptis Magna Museum



cly oil lamps in glass display case
Clay Oil Lamps



Wadi Caam: The Greeks in Tripolitania!

Wadi Caam Greek necropolis near Leptis Magna

Wadi Ka'am (River Cinyps)

The Greek invasions of Crete and Rhodes of the 9th century BC were shortly followed by their invasions of Egypt and Libya. Archaeology and history provide ample evidence of their colonies in Cyrenaica, Eastern Libya. But also there was a failed attempt to colonise Tripolitania on the hands of Dorieus the king of Sparta. Apparently, he reached as far west as River Cinyps, also known as Wadi Ka'am (Wadi Caam), just east of Leptis Magna, where he founded a city by that name. However, the Greeks were not welcomed by the local Carthaginians (Berbers & Phoenicians) and subsequently were driven out of the area after a short stay of three years. The archaeological finds of Wadi Caam have uncovered a Greek necropolis area dating to the 3rd century BC, consisting of a series of stone, box-shaped urns containing ashes and bones, with the lids in the shape of a sloping roof, as well as various classes of pottery and tableware.

Wadi Caam Greek necropolis near Leptis Magna

Note the square stone urns with the pyramidal roofs, which appear to have been thrown in the hole in a hurry either to hide them or just dispose of them as rubbish.



Scenes of goddesses and gods at Leptis Magna Museum

Marble relief showing sacrificial scenes in front of a temple.
The relief originally comes from the Arch of Septimius Severus.



Commanding bronze statue of the Berber Roman emperor Septimius Severus

Septimius Severus was a Berber native of Leptis Magna, who went on to become the first African Roman Emperor. Under his command Leptis Magna witnessed an extraordinary burst of growth and development which earned the city its international status. His commanding personality and strong character are evident in the above sculpture.




Jupiter and Juno marble relief from Leptis Magna

A marble relief from the Arch of Septimius Severus showing the Emperor and his wife as Jupiter and Juno.

ceres Apollo and Diana marble relief

A marble relief from the Arch of Septimius Severus, showing Diana, Ceres, Selvanu and Apollo.




the godMars at Leptis Magna, Libya, seated of course!

Seated headless marble statue of the War-god Mars, 2nd AD.
The statue was found at the Frigidarium, in the passage to the hot rooms.


Libyan Isis
Libyan Goddess Isis



Asclepius the God of Medicine

Asclepius the God of Medicine



a stelea of a snake



statue of Marcus Aurelius

Statue of Marcus Aurelius



Misrata Coin Treasure

misratha coin treasure

Misrata  Coin Treasure. It was said that the Misrata treasure is the largest coin treasures in the world, containing at least 100,000 bronze coins, stored in clay jars. The treasure was found in February 1981, and was said to weigh six tonnes (6000 kilograms). The coins were said to date from the end of the third century (between 294 and 333 AD).


the god Serapis at the throne

The God Serapis Seated on the Throne



serapis and isis

Isis & Serapis


large stone quern from Leptis Magna museum

Large stone quern, with two wooden handles: heavy-duty mill for grinding large quantities of grain. Animals may have been used to turn the stone round. The top stone is unusually large, indicating that the mill may have been used to grind hard seeds and grains to produce finer flour. See Qasr Alhaj and the Museum of Lybia for other types of stone mills.





misratha coin treasure




text on tomb pottery



text on tomb pottery