Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Protecting Libya’s treasures from Nato bombs

Bettany Hughes warns of the threat to the ancient site of Leptis Magna, noting that the Libyan government has stored explosives nearby (“As Gaddafi shows, tyrants will always exploit ancient treasures”).

But antiquities face a far greater threat from Nato bombing of cities. In Tripoli the magnificent arch of Marcus Aurelius is in the city centre. The excellent national museum is in Tripoli’s main square, and in Benghazi the remains of Berenice are close to the harbour.

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