ALBA AUGUSTA HELVIORUM (Alba-la-Romaine), ancient Gallia Narbonensis, modern France.
COORDINATES: 44º33’35.52” N // 4º36’06.65” E
TIPOLOGY :Gallo-roman Theatre transformed in Roman theatre. Urban.
DATE: I A.D.
TRANSFORMATIONS: II A.D.
CAPACITY: 3.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing east.
73 m. diameter. maenianum. Ima cavea: cunei and steps. Summa cavea: cunei and steps.
12,3 m. diameter, including bisellia and passegeway 22,5 m.
STAGE BUILDING: A modern water canal has destroyed any remains.
LOCATION: Ancient theatre is less than one kilometer north from modern Alba-la-Romaine.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Sear, Frank; “Roman theatres: an architectural study”. Oxford University Press, 2006. // Ciancio Rossetto, Paola; Giuseppina Pisani Sartorio (eds); Teatri Greci e Romani: alle origini del linguaggio rappresentato. Rome: SEAT, 1995. // Grenier, Albert; “Manuel d’archeologie Gallo-Romain”. Paris, Éditions A. Et J. Picard, 1958. // Landes, Christian (Ed.); “Le gout du theatre a Rome et en Gaule romaine”. Musée de Lattes, 1989.
OUT OF PRINT: Maybe Alba-la-Romaine ancient theatre is one of less spectacular roman theatres in Narbonensis, land of impressive ancient theatres but it has something especial and diferent: 1/ Originally It was a Gallo-Roman theatre that was converted in a Roman theatre, one century later, something curious if we think that in Narbonensis is not common Gallo-Roman theatres but Romans type. 2/ It´s close to a small village, in the middle of the field, not in a big moder city like its is in Narbonensis ancient theatres.