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.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Alinda (Karpuzlu)

ALINDA (Karpuzlu), ancient Caria (Asia Minor), moder Turkey.

COORDINATES: 37º33'31.73" N // 27º49'37.14" E
TIPOLOGY : Greek theatre. Urban.
DATE: End III B.C. or early II B.C.
TRANSFORMATIONS: Roman Scaenae Frons early I A.D.
CAPACITY: 3.500 espectators.
CAVEA: Facing. Rest on steep slope, more than a semicircle. 69,7 m. diameter. maenianumIma cavea: 9 cunei and 12 steps. Summa cavea: 11 cunei and 12 steps.
ORCHESTRA: 18 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: The hellenistic stage was stage building was 30x11,5 m., but was demolished in Augustan time and was built a new building with a two storeys scaenae frons with three doors.
LOCATION: Alinda ancient city is just up of modern Karpuzlu, a little village 55 km. south from Aydin.
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. // Bean, George; “Turkey beyond the Maeander”. London, Ernst Benn, 1971. // Yilmaz, Yasar; “Anadolu Antik Tiyatrolari”. Istanbul, Yem Yanin, 2010.

OUT OF PRINT: First time I visited Alinda I found some ancient villagers harvesting the olives from the olive trees, shaking branches. That´s now Alinda´s ancient theatre, not spectators, only an olive grove; nature redefines the natural utility of theatre... an absolutely marvellous place.

1 comment:

  1. Alinda probably gets its name from the Sanskrit word 'alinda' which means 'terrace' or 'balcony' or 'a raised place'..