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The four-way arch of Marcus Aurelius, used by the Lepcitanians as a means to express "their gratitude to Marcus Aurelius for prosperity" (157). The arch "stood near the port, at the crossing of the cardo and the town's northernmost decumanus. The northeast side, which faces the harbor, and the southwest were treated alike, with projecting composite columns, and statue-niches in the piers. One of the statues, of the emperor's colleague Lucius Verus, was mutilated by the Arabs as being an idol ... Identical inscriptions dated 163 ran across each face of the monument above the arches. A cupola roofed the arch" (158). (Source: MacKendrick, Paul. The North African Stones Speak. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1980.)


Tripoli, Libya