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.