Forgotten City of the Giants

It has been said that the most complete and exquisite ancient Roman site is not in Italy or Europe, but in North Africa, especially in Libya. There are such a group of ancient Roman ruins on the Mediterranean coast near Benghazi, the western city of Libya, the most famous of which are the cemetery and the Apolonia ruins.

In the south of Benghazi and Tubrug in Libya, there is a dry desert named Ilan Riga. 400 meters away from the poster, it was built in the 7th century BC. According to legend, the ancient city of Cyrene was built by the giant Bartos stroller, because the ruts of the trolley were still clearly visible today.

From the 5th century BC to the 4th century BC, Cyrene experienced its most prosperous period, and the industry and commerce were extremely prosperous. It is precisely because of this that Cyrene is valued by Alexander the Great, thus avoiding the looting of force. In 96 BC, the Egyptian king Ptolemy easily occupied Cyrani. By 365 AD, the kingdom of Egypt was on the decline, and the descendants of King Ptolemy handed over the Romans to the Romans.

The Cyclamen ruins are one of the most influential ancient sites in the Mediterranean. Like other Libyan ancient sites, it witnessed the prosperity of the Mediterranean region at the time. From a piece of cultural relics excavated by archaeologists, the aesthetic tastes of the people at that time can be clearly seen, and the inspiration of the craftsmen in religious creation comes from their protection god, Apollo.

So far, the Cyrene site has not been well excavated, and it contains many important works of ancient Greece and Roman times, including: the remains of the ancient spring holy land, which introduces a spring water from the channel 300 meters away. The remains of the Temple of Apollo built in the 7th century BC and the 6th century BC; the Temple of Apollo in the 4th century BC, a 3rd century BC; the Temple of Hercules built in the 2nd century BC; Apollo Monastery; Acropolis; Progolo Square; the tomb of King Bartos, the founder of Cyrene, the nautical monument; the underground bathroom; the ancient theater and so on. Among them, the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Apollo are the oldest buildings in Cyrene.

During the period of the Roman Empire, Apollo springs were rich, and a public bath with the most beautiful sculptures in the Cyrani region was built. The Apollo Monastery has a variety of buildings including temples, colonnades and artificial fountains. To the west of the Apollo monastery is the grand theatre of Dionysus, the god of wine and carnival, and in ancient Rome it was expanded into a arena for wrestlers and beasts.

The city of Cyrene includes an acropolis, but it is hard to find now. In the center of the Cyrene Square there is a circular building dedicated to the goddess of the grain Demeter and the post-Bercefone. The building was later re-excavated by some American archaeologists and found statues of two goddesses inside the wall. The statue of Cyrene is of a distinct Greek and Roman style. During the reign of the Ptolemy, Cyrene began to appear with limestone plaques and statues, including animals and some portraits, especially busts. There are even many who believe that the statue of Aphrodite of Cyrene is a creative inheritance of the classical art tradition. To the east of the circular building is the most majestic Taurik-style temple of Zeus built by the Cyrenes in Africa in the 6th century BC, which is comparable to the Temple of Zeus in Olympia. The rich tombs scattered throughout the site also add to the lands of the Cyrene.

Before the earthquake of 365 AD, Cyrene was always a strong and prosperous city. Later, the rulers of Cyranic built many churches in Cyrene, and then Cyrene, especially its port, Apollo, once again experienced a prosperous life.

However, now, the history of Cyrene for thousands of years has been buried in this ruin. However, because this monument is located in sparsely populated deserts and pastoral areas, it has objectively avoided theft and destruction of the people; therefore, the site is perfect in the long-term burial. The only regret is that they have almost become a corner forgotten by the world because they have been buried for a long time…