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.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Termessos (Güllük)

TERMESSOS (Güllük), ancient Psidia, modern Turkey.

COORDINATES: 36º58'56.89 N // 30º27'53.71" E
TIPOLOGY : Greek Theatre. Roman transformations. Urban.
TRANSFORMATIONS: In I A.C. two steps were removed for bulding a porticus in summa cavea. In II A.C. the orchesta was trasnformed for amphitheatre games. A tribunal was added in western parados.
CAPACITY: 4.500 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing east-southeast. 65 m. diameter. Exceeds semicircle. Rest on a natural slope. Two maenianumIma cavea: 5 cunei and 19 steps, top row of seats with stone back . Summa cavea: 10 cunei and 8 steps.  A row of seats with backs between the end of ima cavea and praecinctio.
ORCHESTRA: 25,5 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: 30 x 6 m. The sacenae frons has five doors.
LOCATION: Termessos is in ancient Psidia, in the south of Turkey, 35 klm north-east of modern Antalya, in a subsidiary peak of the Güllück Dag. In its origin the city was not Greek, its first inhabitants were Solymois, the lived there before the Lycians arrive Turkey, but they were early hellenised. Termessos was on the few cities that Alexander coul not defeat. The theatre is close to the odeon, south-east of the city and east of agora. 
BEDSIDE TABLESear, 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. //  Bieber, Margarete. The History of The Greek and Roman Theatre. Princeton University Press, 1961. // Bean, George; “Turkey´s southern shore”. London, Ernest Benn Limited, 1968. // Freely, John; “The eastern mediterranean coast of Turkey”. Istanbul, Matbaacilik ve Yayincilik A.S., 1998. // Yilmaz, Yasar; “Anadolu Antik Tiyatrolari”. Istanbul, Yem Yanin, 2010.      


OUT OF PRINT: I can say I am a lucky pearson. Why? Because I have been two times in Termessos. The first one I saw the daybreak, it was one the most wonderfull expierences I have ever had; a true concert of lights. It was after a cold night in which I was invited by a turkish forest guard to heat in the fire and have a dinner: soup beans with tournips. Termessos is that kind of places that everybody would have to visit. A big city under the brush, like so many greek cities in Turkey, places for nineteenth-century romantics. Termessos theatre is very well preserved, with works of reconstruction the building would seem new... altough it would lose its charm.

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