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22 centuries late for the Sophocles play! That damn traffic!

The Classical era amphitheatre in the Segesta Archaeological Museum.

 

The theater, nestling in the side of Mt. Barbaro, occupies a spectacular position near the summit of Monte Barbaro, facing the Gulf of Castellammare beyond Mt Inici while more ranges of high mountains rise to the west.

It was first built from the late 4th to early 3rd century BC during the Hellenistic period, while the area was under Roman domination. As it is seen today, it dates to the 2nd century BC.

The theater, built in local limestone, has features typical for Greek architecture and may be considered as an example of the passage from the Greek to the Roman architecture.

 

The semicircular cavea (seating sections) has a diameter of 64 metres and could seat 4000 spectators. It was partly dug into the rock, partly supported by a massive retaining wall. Originally it had 29 rows of seats (the lower 21 survive) divided vertically into seven sections by access steps.

 

The orchestra, skene (structure at the back of a theater stage), once decorated with scenes connected to the pastoral god Pan, and entrances (paradoi) on either side have been lost.

 

The theater continues to host theater events and Greek dramas throughout the summer months.

 

Segesta, Sicily. 2018

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Taken on September 28, 2018