Oea

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Variant names

  • Ἐῶα (Ancient Greek)
  • Ocea colonia (Latin)
  • Osa col. (Latin)

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Settlement

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Notes

Reynolds, Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, Chapt 2: Oea, the modern Tripoli, owed its position in part to the possession of a small natural harbour and to the coastal oasis which at this point tempers the austerity of the Gefara plain. Never as rich or as powerful as Lepcis Magna, the second half of the second century may well have been an age of expansion and civic prosperity; and the grant of colonial status at about the same time attests a corresponding political advancement. Its territory was ravaged by the Austuriani in 363-5 and the city itself withstood a lengthy siege in the seventh century before capitulating to the Arab invaders, who established it as the military and administrative capital of the newly conquered territory.

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