Syracusae Greco-Roman Theatre

(modern Siracusa, Italy)

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Location:

 
Italy (Sicilia)

Theatre Type:

Greco-Roman Theatre

Date of Construction:

ca. 238 - 215 BC

Renovation Dates:

Twice restored in Hellenistic period, new Roman stage build 2nd cent. AD, kolmbethra built 5th cent. AD

Excavations:

Dimensions:

Cavea Width: 138 meters
Orchestra: Diameter 16 meters

Seating Capacity:

15,000

Architectural Drawings:

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The theatre of Syracuse is an imposing example of Greek architecture of the 2nd century BC [ca. 238-215 BC (F.S)]. The theatre was carved out of the rock of the slopes of the Temenite hills on the south-eastern coast of the island of Sicily. With a capacity of up to 15,000 spectators, the theatre originally had 61 tiers (of which 46 remain), subdivided into 9 sections and separated by wide walkways. Below these tiers is the semicircular pit where the chorus stood, and, facing them, the large stage, of which little remains. The theatre is set within scenery of particular beauty, and has a special atmosphere. In the summer months, it is home to various cultural events, such as performances of Greek and Latin tragedies and comedies.
 
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