Roman Odeum

(modern Pompeii, Italy)

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Location Pompeii, Italy

GPS Coordinates

40.74896, 14.48912

Theatre Type:

Roman Odeum or theatrum tetum

Date of Construction:

ca. 75 BCE

cavea width 34.8 m, orchestra diameter15.3 m

Seating Capacity:

1.500 - 1.850

Architectural Drawings:

Plan View

The Odeon was a smaller roofed theatre, theatrum tectum, that sat 1500 spectators built in 80 BC. The theatre follows the plan of other Roman theatres and odeon structures. Where the Large Theatre was used primarily for staging drama, the Odeon was intended for a more educated audience, as well as musical concert performance. The thin walls and rectangular plan lead to the conclusion that the roof would have been wood rather than vaulted stone. There are two raised tribunalia, platforms, above the seating that were reserved for important visitors. These platforms are cut off from the general seating completely with entranced from narrow staircases near the stage. -More....

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