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, 21 January 2011

Aventicum (Avenches)

AVENTICUM (Avenches), ancient Germania Superior, modern Switzerland.

COORDINATES: 46º52’48.99” N // 7º02’55.65” E
TIPOLOGY : Theatre Gallo-Roman. Urban.
DATE: End of I A.D.
CAPACITY: 12.000 espectators. (I think that number is a little exaggerated)
CAVEA: Built on flat site, supported bt radial and and annular walls. Facing north-west. 106 m. diameter. Tue plan is a semicircle extendedby two parallel lines. About 50 rows of seat in 3 maenaiana. In the first rows of seat, in the centre, there is a cult niche.
ORCHESTRA: 17,75 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: Pulpitum 12x12 m.
LOCATION: Aventicum is in modern Avenches, 35 klm. west of Bern.
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. // Landes, Christian (Ed.); “Le gout du theatre a Rome et en Gaule romaine”. Musée de Lattes, 1989. // Fellmann, Rudolf; “La Suisse Gallo-Romaine”. Laussane, Editions Payot, 1992.

OUT OF PRINT: It´s a typical cult Gallo-Roman theatre, associated with a temple (150  m. north-west). 400 m. west of the theatre is an impressive roman amphitheatre for 14.000 spectators.

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