SABRATHA, was a Punic and Roman city in northwestern Libya, on the Mediterranean Sea about 40 miles (65 km) west of Tripoli. It was one of the three emporia, or commercial eities, of ancient Tripolis.
The first permanent settlement of Sabratha was made by the Carthaginians in the 4th century b. c. The city reached its peak of prosperity under the Romans in the 2d century a. d. Sackeâ by the Austurians in the 4th century, Sabratha flourished again under Byzantine rule from the 6th century until it fell to the Arabs in 643.
Sabratha’s extensive ruins include the Roman and Byzantine walls that enclosed the city. There are also remains of the Roman forum, baths, theater, and temples, and Christian churches.