“Libya: The Lost Cities of the Roman Empire” by Antonino Di Vita et al.
Konemann UK Ltd, 1998 (hardcover), 256 pages, ISBN: 978-3895088447
This is a beautifully illustrated large format book with magnificent photographs by Robert Polidori and plentiful, well-written text by respected Italian archaeologists. The authors provide an informative historical background to both Tripolitania and Cyrenaica followed by detailed coverage of the main sites, while the stunning photographs help to bring it all to life. Buy at Amazon.
“Tripolitania (Libya Archaeological Guides)” by Philip Kenrick.
Society for Libyan Studies, 2009 (paperback), 224 pages, ISBN: 978-1900971089
This is THE guidebook to the archaeological sites of western Libya. Recently published by the Society for Libyan Studies, it is an easy-to-use, well produced and well-illustrated travelling companion by one of Britain’s foremost scholars of Libya. Coverage excludes Cyrenaica but fully explores Tripolitania, including the lesser known sites of the interior. Buy at Amazon.
“An Archaeological and Historical Guide to the Pre-Islamic Antiquities of Tripolitania” by D.E.L. Haynes.
Antiquities, Museums and Archives of Tripoli, Libya, 1965 (paperback), 106 pages, ASIN: B0007IVD8I
Although now replaced by Kenrick’s more up-to-date guide this classic text from 1965 is still a very readable introduction. Buy at Amazon.
“A Traveller’s History of North Africa: from Carthage to Casablanca” by Barnaby Rogerson.
Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 2008 (paperback), 424 pages, ISBN: 978-0715637388
This is a reliable and readable history from early to recent times whose wider geographical coverage helps to place events in Libya within their more general context. Buy at Amazon.
“The Berbers (Peoples of Africa)” by Michael Brett.
Wiley-Blackwell, 1997 (paperback), 368 pages, ISBN: 978-0631207672
A fascinating and much needed account of the indigenous Berbers of Libya and North Africa, from their prehistoric origins and first kingdoms, through their interaction with Roman and Arab conquerors, to their present-day way of life. Buy at Amazon.
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