Visual Timeline: Sabratha
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700 BCE: The Berber Zwagha tribe inhabits the area of Sabratha.
500 BCE: The area of Sabratha is colonized by the Carthaginians and named Tsabratan.
148 BCE: Tsabratan (Sabratha) taken by Numidian king Masinissa.
118 BCE - 105 BCE: Sabratha is part of the Numidian Kingdom of Jugurtha.
105 BCE: Sabratha taken by Rome after Jugurtha's defeat and execution.
48 BCE - 44 BCE: Sabratha made part of the province of Africa Nova during the reign of Julius Caesar.
27 BCE - 14 CE: Sabratha revitalized and expanded during the reign of Augustus Caesar.
138 CE - 161 CE: Sabratha prospers and develops during the reign of Antoninus Pius.
158 CE: Trial of Lucius Apuleius at Sabratha on the charge of witchcraft.
161 CE - 180 CE: Sabratha expands and is renovated during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.
180 CE - 192 CE: Emperor Commodus continues renovations and expansion at Sabratha.
363 CE - 365 CE: The Austuriani tribe make regular incursions into Sabratha, weakening the city.
365 CE: The 365 Crete Earthquake destroys the seaward side of Sabratha, topples buildings.
500 CE: Byzantine Empire establishes churches at Sabratha, dismantles monuments to build walls.
643 CE: Invading Arab armies find Sabratha mostly deserted and in ruins and so abandon it.