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This is the first in a new series of guides to the archaeology of Libya, from prehistoric times until the invasion of the Bani Hilal in ADIt deals with a region which offers the visitor not only the classical splendours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Sabratha and Lepcis Magna, but also a hinterland which is rich in standing monuments of the Punic, Roman and early Islamic periods All are described and explained in a comprehensive gazetteer, packed full of plans and photographs, and with GPS coordinates and directions for visiting THE guidebook to Libya s archaeology David Mattingly

4 thoughts on “Kenrick, P: Tripolitania (Libya Archaeological Guides)

  1. Bob Roberts Bob Roberts says:

    We were recommended to read this book during a recent visit to Libya It is not a guide book but it is an excellent guide to the history and ruins in Tripoli and the surrounding area It gives much information than the typical local guide at the main sites and will add a great deal of background detail to the undoubted pleasure of a visit to Leptis Magna or Sabratha I wish I had known about this before our visit.

  2. C. Smith C. Smith says:

    I ordered this for my husband as we had spent many, many years in this part of the world Detailed descriptions of archaeological sites and some good photos.

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  4. Torben Retboll Torben Retboll says:

    This book is the first in a series about archaeological sites in Libya The present volume covers Tripolitania, the western part of the country The second volume,Cyrenaica, will cover the eastern part of the country, while the third and final volume will cover Fezzan, the southern part of the country.Philip Kenrick the author of this volume is a classical archaeologist who has worked extensively in Libya, both on excavations and on field surveys.This book comes highly recommended on the flap of the back cover we find a statement by professor David Mattingly, a well known authority on ancient Libya, and the author of a book from 1995 with the same title TripolitaniaThe statement ends with these words Don t waste your money on lesser products, this is THE guidebook to Libya s archaeology Can the book live up to this praise If you ask me, the answer is yes The material is well organised, and the text is written by an author who knows his topic very well.The book begins with a brief introduction that provides the historical background The main part of the book the gazetteer is divided into seven sections It concludes with a glossary, a chronological table, a bibliography and an index.There are 113 illustrations including colour photos and drawings, i.e maps and plans, which show the layout of an ancient town or of an ancient building.The large and famous sites like Sabratha and Lepcis Magna are easy to find Smaller sites like Ghirza are not so easy to find Maybe they are in a remote area Maybe there is not a modern road leading to the entrance For these cases, the author gives detailed driving instructions In addition, he gives the GPS coordinates, latitude and longitude It does not get any precise than that.Kenrick uses a star system to rate the sites and within the larger sites the individual monuments and museums I think this is a good idea Most travellers do not have the time or indeed the desire to see everything They just want to see the star attractions.I like this book , but I have to mention a few things that bother me Hopefully, these minor flaws will be corrected if there is a second printing or a second edition of the book Page 59 They shows instead of They show Page 63 The theatre is undoubtedly the most striking monument at Sabratha, and deservedly so You cannot discuss whether a building deserves to be striking or not He could use the word famous instead of striking or simply delete the last three words Page 64 At either end of the stage, passageways vomitoria led directly into the orchestra from the outside The passageway leading directly to or from the orchestra is known by the Greek word parodos plural parodoi The Latin word vomitoria is used to describe the passageways leading from the auditorium to the outside The audience exited the building through the arcades on the back side It looked like the theatre was spitting them out Hence the word vomitoria Page 67, about the amphitheatre of Sabratha The seats are well preserved I wish this was true, but I am afraid it is not Page 99 But this was part only of the scheme The order of the words is wrong Page 112, about two temples in Lepcis Magna The top of the podium of this temple was also linked to that of Liber Pater by means of arches which spanned the narrow intervening street This arrangement is rare, but not unique There is a similar case in Sufetula in modern Tunisia three temples built next to each other and linked by means of arches This parallel should be mentioned Page 112 As one leaves the Old Forum at the N corner there lie on the ground to the R, just on the foreshore, three huge columns of cipollino marble The columns are there, whether you leave the forum or not It would be better to say When you leave the Old Forum at the N corner, you will see three huge columns of cipollino marble lying on the ground Page 124, about the Hunting Baths at Lepcis Magna it was possibly to restore the vaulted roofs Not possibly, but possible Page 132 In its final form, the circus at Lepcis was 450 m long and 70 m wide The author has confused the inside dimensions the racetrack 420 x 70 m with the outside dimensions racetrack and auditorium 450 x 100 m Page 136, about the museum at Lepcis Magna Just inside the entrance, on the right hand wall, is a large artist s impression of the ancient city seen from the air When he puts it like this, we think the artist is very large But he wants to say that the drawing is very large Page 217, the chronological table 161 166 Lucius Verus Lucius Verus died in 169 He was emperor 161 169 The bibliography pp 219 220 does not include a book edited by J.M Reynolds and J.B Ward Perkins The Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania published by the British School at Rome in 1952 Since 2009 this valuable collection of sources has been available as an online database established by King s College in London.Kenrick s book has 232 pages, but it is a slim volume It fits into a large pocket, and certainly into a handbag or a shoulderbag Be sure to take it with you when you go to Libya You do not want to miss a single detail that is mentioned in this excellent guidebook.Update the book about Cyrenaica was published in 2013 Here is a link Cyrenaica Libya Archaeological Guides.