The Silence Stages

Since 2005 I have been visiting more than 430 ancient greek and roman theatres around 18 countries, taking photographs and information. These blog is dedicated to all that experience.

Desde 2005 he visitado más de 430 teatros y odeones, griegos y romanos en 18 países, tomando fotografías y recopilando información. Este blog está dedicado a toda esta experiencia.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Alba Augusta Helviorum (Alba-la-Romaine)

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.
CAPACITY: 3.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing east. 73 m. diameter. maenianumIma cavea: cunei and steps. Summa cavea: cunei and steps.
ORCHESTRA: 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.

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