Friday, June 17, 2011

Libya – Civil War Amongst the Roman Ruins

Thousands of years ago, what we know as Libya today was a land of ancient civilizations. From Phoenician and Carthaginian dominion to Hellenistic kingship and finally to Roman hegemony, Vandal colonization and Arab expansion, the land formerly known as the Cyrenaic Peninsula has known millennia of various cultures that left undeniable imprints in the country’s culture and archaeology.

With the civil war raging on in Libya for the better part of four months now, we have mostly focused on rebels versus regime change, Qaddafi versus the West, NATO versus whatever is under their bombs. What we have yet to talk about are the standing treasures of history that, through no fault of their own, now stand on a battlefield.

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