A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya.

The ancient city, founded approximately in 700 B.C, gained its name during the rule of the Ptolemaic empire.

It later became one of the capitals of the ancient Roman province of Creta et Cyrenaica, which today makes up the eastern coastal region of Libya. – Photos by Reuters

A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
Palace columns are seen in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012
Palace columns are seen in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012
Palace columns are seen in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
Palace columns are seen in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
Roman writing is seen on the wall in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
Roman writing is seen on the wall in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
The ancient city, founded approximately in 700 B.C, gained its name during the rule of the Ptolemaic empire. It later became one of the capitals of the ancient Roman province of Creta et Cyrenaica, which today makes up the eastern coastal region of Libya.
The ancient city, founded approximately in 700 B.C, gained its name during the rule of the Ptolemaic empire. It later became one of the capitals of the ancient Roman province of Creta et Cyrenaica, which today makes up the eastern coastal region of Libya.
Palace columns are seen in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
Palace columns are seen in the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
Entrances to water storage facility are pictured at the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012
Entrances to water storage facility are pictured at the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A part of the ancient city of Ptolemais is pictured near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A water storage facility is pictured underneath the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A water storage facility is pictured underneath the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A water storage facility is pictured underneath the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
A water storage facility is pictured underneath the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
The entrance of a water storage facility is pictured underneath the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.
The entrance of a water storage facility is pictured underneath the ancient city of Ptolemais, near the town of Ad Dirsiyah, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Benghazi January 27, 2012.

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BRR
Jan 29, 2012 05:54am
Very nice pictures depicting the grandeur of what once was. Thanks
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Hassan Mujtaba
Jan 29, 2012 06:57pm
It is really a great thing to see the ancient ruins of Ptolemais Thanks The Daily Dawn..
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P.B.V.Rajan
Jan 30, 2012 08:41am
The date it is 700 BC is wrong. It was done after 332 BC after Alexander the Great. It began as a Greek city (not roman- that eventually was conquered by Romans. It was in fact part of Egypt and not of Libya. Ine of the famous Ptolemais was Cleopatra.
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