The Hellenistic Theatre at Priene

(near Gullubache, Turkey)

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Near Modern Gullubache, Turkey

Theatre Type:


Date of Construction:

ca. 340 BC

Renovation Dates:

Remodelled twice in 299-250 BC, again in 200 BC, again in 50-25 BC, again in 250 AD


London Society of Dillettanti:1764-66; 1811-12, and 1868-69. Berlin Museum: Carl Humann, 1895; Theodore Weigand and H. Schrader, 1896. The Berlin Museum and the German Archaeological Institute to present.


Cavea Width: 57 meters
Orchestra: Diameter 18.7 meters

Seating Capacity:


Architectural Drawings:

Plan View

The horseshoe-shaped theatre at Priene represents one of the best-preserved and earliest forms of Hellenistic theatre constructions in Turkey. The city of Priene is located on the northern edge of the Meander River plain approximately thirty kilometers from the present day Turkish city of Kusadasi. The ancient city was once a flourishing port, but the Meander River, true to its name, isolated the city by depositing silt, thus producing the fertile farmland we see today. More...

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