Temple of Jupiter, Leptis Magna, Libya
The latter incorporated the city in the Roman empire as part of the province of Africa. The city became one of the most important African trade harbours.
The city reached its highest prosperity in 193 AD when one of her citizens, the son of a Berber named Septimus Severus, was emperor between 193 and 211. He donated the city many buildings such as a new forum, a temple for Jupiter, and a basilica.
The city became very wealthy and was, after Alexandria and Carthage, the most important African city. The harbour too was renewed with a dam and two big basins to prevent flooding.
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