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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Society for Libyan Studies; First Edition edition (27 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900971089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900971089
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Libya has long been recognised for its extraordinarily rich archaeological heritage. What has been lacking in recent years has been an up-to-date and high-quality guidebook to these spectacular sites. This guidebook is both authoritative and accessible: a real incentive to join a tour to Libya and look beyond the largest and most impressive sites such as Lepcis Magna and Sabratha. Don't waste your money on lesser products, this is THE guidebook to Libya's archaeology. --Prof. David Mattingly, University of Leicester

Fortunately, now and then, you stumble across a guidebook written with a lifetime of learning, peppered with enthusiasm, a distillation of on-the-ground knowledge, experience and passion. Philip Kenrick's TRIPOLITANIA is just such a book. ... Time and time again, I found Kenrick had not only got it right, but had marshalled the information in an admirably concise and accessible style. Within the first few pages he won my complete trust, and quickly became an indispensable travelling companion. ... The final use which I made of my already well-thumbed Kenrick was to stuff it in the pocket of my linen jacket as I travelled with a friend to the Roman frontier fortress of Bu Njem. I have been there a number of times but I have to confess that a quick glance at Kenrick as we brewed some coffee in the lee of the neighbouring Italian fort greatly sharpened my wits. To be able to identify the secret storeroom of the chapel of the standards (now once more buried under tons of beautiful windblown sand), the site of the secretary-filled scriptorium, to cite the exact day on which the Roman troops first made camp, added immeasurably to the tangible pleasure of my guest. I salute the Society for Libyan Studies, and its offshoot, the Silphium Press, for having published a most exceptional guidebook to the classical archaeology of Tripolitania. --Barnaby Rogerson, author and publisher

The great strength of this volume is that it ranges far beyond the essential sites, and provides full details of the many opulent villas and other sites speckling the interior. This successfully opens up the rich archaeological heritage within the inhospitable and often featureless desert environment to those hardy enough to venture off in search of it… The book is … lavishly illustrated with colour photos, elegant reconstruction drawings and wonderfully detailed maps… This is an extremely important book for Libyan archaeology … if you are thinking of going to Libya, do not go without it. --Andrew Selkirk, in Current World Archaeology February/March 2011

About the Author

Dr. Philip Kenrick is a classical archaeologist who has worked extensively in Libya, both on excavations (at Benghazi, Cyrene, Sabratha and Lepcis Magna) and on field survey in the Jabal Nafusah and in the pre-desert of Tripolitania. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford University and is Treasurer of the Society for Libyan Studies. In recent years he has also led cultural tours of Libya and other Mediterranean countries.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Bennie on 6 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
My sister and I travelled to Tripoli in September 2009 and visited the Roman sites around the city. This book was absolutely fantastic as a background to the history of each one. We were fortunate to have a super guide called Terek Tabat in Sabratha on our first day and the whole area was fantastic. We travelled to Jabal Nafusah another day and used the book again to search for isolated sites. In Lepcis Magna we had a fantastic guide, Mohammad Arreshy, who is recommended in the book. "Dr Lepcis" as he is known to many ex-pats was absolutely amazing taking us around the site and answered all our questions with patience and care. (We tried to get into Villa Silin, but it was closed to "preserve" it which was a shame as it looked amazing from the book's description and photos we had seen of the inside.) Mustafa Turgan was our city guide for our Madina tour and he too was great bringing the ancient city area alive.

We decided to use the book when we went to the National Museum and did not take a Guide at the entrance. The book was absolutely spot-on in every part of the museum and was easy to follow and we could take our time, seeing absolutely everything and not just what the Guide wanted us to see in the time allotted. This was fantastic as the book explained all the items of interest and where they had come from and we could match them up to where we had been. We were so glad that we had left the Museum to last after going to all the sites as it really consolidated the knowledge that we were given by the superb Guides that we had.

Since returning home I have used the book to work through the hundreds of photographs that I took over the 5 days naming them and recording the information. The book has brought alive the holiday memories once again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By STEP Edinburgh on 15 May 2009
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Tripolitania by Philip Kenrick is a must for the understanding of the Archaeological Sites. I was there in March April this year and was blown away by the richness of the sites. The local guides were good,especially Mohammed Arreshy at Leptis Magna who guided Kenrick. No other book on Libya covers the time span from prehistoric to AD 1051. Greeks, Phoenicians,Romans, Spaniards,Turks and latterly Italians. All have left their mark with Kenrick as your mentor.Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Roberts on 26 April 2009
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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 more 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.
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