Leptis Magna: Rome in Africa

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History Documentary hosted by Gil Webster, published by Arte in 2010 - English narration

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The archaeological ruins in Libya, mainly Roman, are truly exceptional because of their size and preservation. Beyond its archaeological dimensions, Leptis Magna symbolizes the myth of Rome more than any other site. Similar to the American myth, Septimus Severus the African showed that every citizen of Rome could become Emperor and develop the civilization even in the desert. In the 3rd Century AD, the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, known as "the African" because he was born in Leptis Magna, turned the ancient Cathaginian trading center into a metropolis of 300,000 inhabitants. It was the third largest in the Empire, but soon was abandoned to the desert and lay covered in sand until its discovery in the 20th Century. The excellent condition and beauty of the excavated sites conjures a vision of what the city must have been like 1700 years ago. Leptis Magna was an influential, bustling, cosmopolitan city with a prosperous port and a market which was renowned as far away as Rome. All in marble with flowing water, Leptis Magna rivaled the wealth of Rome and flaunted its power to the people of Africa. Based on recent research by teams of Italian, German and French archaeologists, this film tells the story of mad ambition by a civilization which decided to transform a trading center into a capital city and did everything it could to succeed at making the "desert blossom." Directed by Baudouin Koenig ; A Seppia and SWR Co-Production with ARTE, Image Plus and Planete

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 4 216 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 112 kb/s VBR 44.1 kHz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 52 min 15 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.58 GB
Source: WEB DL
Capper: DocFreak08

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