The Theatre at Segesta (Egesta)

(modern Eraclea Minoa, Sicily, Italy)

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Mt. Barbaro, Province of Trapani, Sicily, Italy)

Theatre Type:

Greco-Roman Theatre

Date of Construction:

late 4th to early 3rd.centuries BCE

Renovation Dates:

Renovations in 1 c. BCE

GPS Coordinates::

37.94132, 12.84388


Cavea Width: 50.6 meters
Orchestra Diameter:16.7 meters

Seating Capacity:


Architectural Drawings:

Plan View

The Segesta theatre, nestling in the side of Mt. Barbaro, today commands a spectacular view of the Gulf of Castellamare. First built in the late 4th to early 3rd century BCE, the theatre as it is seen today dates to the 2nd century BCE. Originally it had 29 rows of seats (the lower 21 survive) divided vertically into seven sections (kerkides) by access steps. The capacity would, therefore, have been around 4,000 spectators. The theatre is supported by a containing wall (analemmata) constructed of limestone blocks. The orchestra, scene building (once decorated with scenes connected to the pastoral god Pan), and entrances (paradoi) on either side have been lost. The theatre continues to host theatre events and Greek dramas throughout the summer months. ,,,,,,More...

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