The Theatre at Ephesus

(near modern Selçuk, Turkey)

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Location:

 
Near modern Selçuk, Turkey

Theatre Type:

Greco-Roman Theatre

Date of Construction:

ca. 200 BC

Renovation Dates:

125-100 BC. - scene building with thyromata, Greek
40-55 AD. - stage renovations, Claudius,
66 AD. - columnar scaenae frons, Nero,
87-92 AD. - Roman podium, scaenae, enclosed parodoi, cavea enlarged, analemmats added,
140-144 AD. - proscaenium enlarged, Roman
210 AD. - third order of scaenae frons completed.
Late 3rd c. - orchestra becomes a kolymbethra,
359-408 AD. - earthquakes reconstructions,

Excavations:

1869, 1895-1913, post-WWI to the present day (Austrian)

Dimensions:

Cavea width: 142 m.;Orchestra: width 25.8 m.;
stage width 25.4 m.; stage depth 5.56 m.
67 Rows of seating : ima cavea, 24 rows,11 cuni;
media, 22 rows, 22 cuni; summa, 21 rows, 22 cuni.

Seating Capacity:

17,000-25,000

Architectural Drawings:

Plan View

The ancient city of Ephesus is located outside the modern city of Selçuk on the Mediterranean coast of present-day Turkey. Although the region was settled as early as 5000 BC, the city whose ruins we see today dates from 300 BC and is the product of Hellenistic city planning and Roman renovations. More...

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