COORDINATES: 32º54'10.01" N // 21º58'29.73" E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre. Not urban.
DATE: First quarter of the III B.C.
TRANSFORMATIONS: At the end of I A.D. steps were added.
CAPACITY: 3.500 ¿? spectators.
CAVEA: Facing nort-northwest. 39 m. diameter. Only one maenianum with 28 steps and 6 cunei. In greek times 13 steps, in roman times 18 more steps were added. The cavea is not a complite semi-circle because of the presence of the city walls.ORCHESTRA: 13 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: It had a greek logeion (19,7 x 2 m.) but was replaced by a roman pulpitum (24 x 4,5 m.). Nothing remians of the roman stage building but greek building foundations have been recovered.
LOCATION: Apollonia was Cyrene´s port for over a thousand years, it is 18 klm east of Cyrene . The ancient theatre is facing the sea, east of the city.
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. // Di Vita, Antonio; Di Vita-Evrard, Ginette; Bacchielli, Lidiano; “Libia antigua”. Barcelona, Könemann, 1999. // Dal Bosco, Oriana; Grassi, Maria Teresa; “Mediterranean and Roman Libya”. Firenze, Polaris, 2005. // Goodchild, Richard; “Cyrene and Apollonia. An historical guide”. Tripoli, Dar-Al Fergiani, 1993.
OUT OF PRINT: Visiting Apollonia´s greek theatre is like revival the last scene of the "Planet of the Apes" film. There is a feeling of end, of sandcastle, but with a incredible beauty. Take time to listen the waves from the steps. Take time to realize about the silence... a theatre converted into a huge shell, which surrounds a timeless sound.