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Lepcis Magna Arc de Triomphe

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Another picture of the Tetrapylon of Lepcis Magna, frontal view with remains of statuary visible.

- right of the arch, a trophy of armour (shields, tunic, helmet) and a female captive at the base
- winged geniuses (or genii) or victories above the curves of the arch
- cavalry scenes at the top

A further arch along the parade is visible in the background, nicely aligned with the tetrapylon.

Lepcis Magna, Tetrapylon by Syltorian

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IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
1536x2048px 772.8 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon DIGITAL IXUS v3
Shutter Speed
1/318 second
Aperture
F/7.1
Focal Length
5 mm
Date Taken
Apr 7, 2007, 8:18:15 AM
Sensor Size
0.7mm
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zoomzoomProfessional Digital Artist
good job and you can fix the tilt in photoshop if you want... unless you meant to have the tilt, then no problems
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I tried to fix the tilt:

Severan Arch by Syltorian
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Many thanks. The tilt was not intentional; it's merely the result of still having to learn how to use photoshop. I will give it a try, and see what comes out!
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Impressive. :nod: Thank you for sharing. :heart:
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Many thanks! Hug 
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Mgsblade Photographer
Love it, might i suggest you correct the alignment of the picture to correct for the distortion. 
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Thanks a lot! I'll try that on the weekend (I hope)!
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Mgsblade Photographer
great! tell me how it goes! if you need help, either look up the "lens correction" tab in camera raw or do it manually by going to edit>transform>warp 
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Impressive image. :camera: :wow:

:+fav: :excited:
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Thank you! Glad you like it!
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PathtoEnlighten Digital Artist
Ah the Lepcis Magna, a majestic symbol of ancient Rome's history in Libya. This structure has stood the test of time quite well. I envy you for having been able to see it in person. ;)

The Romans really knew how to design majestic structures, a person could stand staring in awe at all of them. This one stands out a lot today because it is surviving out in the open and not in a city. Though I suppose this may be a UNESCO site, and is protected in that regard.
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Thanks. I'm so happy I got to see it before tragedy befell the country, but sad about the current situation.

Fortunately, Lepcis Magna is  UNESCO site. So long as there is actual access to the site, and the funds are not diverted elsewhere...
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PathtoEnlighten Digital Artist
Oh, that's sad to hear. Yeah Libya is in bad shape from what I've heard.

I hope the site is protected from the type of religious extremists that in Afghanistan destroyed Buddhist monuments, and now in Egypt are calling for the destruction of the ancient Egyptian historical monuments for being pagan religious symbols that are in their view an insult to Islam.
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I hope so too. It's unfortunately too common for religious extremists to destroy what has gone before. Whether the Buddhist statues, the pyramids (if the Salafists get what they want), or, in our own history, the iconoclasm, or the destruction of ancient statues and temples once the Christians came to rule the Roman Empire. Even secular movements can become radicals in this way. The French Revolutionaries chopped heads not only of everyone they noticed still had one, but also of statues of kings and saints. I've heard of one priest during the Chinese Cultural Revolution who saved his temple by pasting the communist party's manifesto all over the doors... Alas for the ways of humanity.
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PathtoEnlighten Digital Artist
Well hope for the best. I always hope for the Arabic world to recover from the reactionary situation it is facing. Arabic civilization was responsible for rescuing ancient Greek mathematical and scientific texts that Christian fundamentalists in Middle Ages Europe were determined to destroy for being an insult in their view to Christianity. Arabic civilization is responsible for the creation of algebra (just look at the name and you can see the origin). Without algebra, there wouldn't be rockets going into outer space. It is interesting how these reactionary paranoid periods in history can happen anywhere and can completely reverse over time.
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They were very advanced, indeed. In mathematics, chemistry, medicine... But unfortunately, some radical groups consider the glorious days of Arab science as a perversion, and prefer to look back to the 'simpler' days of the first four califs. But yes, revolution always triggers counter-revolution.
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PathtoEnlighten Digital Artist
Make no mistake though, that enlightening revolution still exists, it has not been destroyed, just pushed into hiding where the reactionaries have taken over. Take a look at this person's achievements: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassim_N…

A friend of mine has told me to read up on this person, I haven't had much time to do so, but from what I have read about him, he is a genius.
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Yes, there will always be lights in the darkness. Thanks for the link. He sounds really interesting.
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