COORDINATES: 36º19'14.59"N // 5º44'15.75" E
TIPOLOGY: Roman theatre. Not urban.
DATE: First half II A.C.
CAPACITY: 3.500 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing nort-east. 62 m. diameter. Partially rest in hill. Two maenianum: Ima cavea 6 cunei and 9 steps; summa cavea 6 cunei and 15 steps.
ORCHESTRA: 24 m. diameter. Subsellia: three steps.
STAGE BUILDING: 34 x 7,2 m. Proscaenium: three curve and two rectangular niches. Scaenae Frons with three doors, much of it survives. Postcaenium: four rooms. Porticus post scaenium remains.
LOCATION: Cuicul remains are in modern Djemila, 50 klm north-east Setif. In ancient times it was a provincial market town, not very large, founded by veterans in 96 A.D. though with probably native origin.The theatre is 150 m. south-east of forum.
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OUT OF PRINT: Djemila is on of the most wonderfull view I have ever seen, very well preserved, a place with a very special energy, a place for spend days and days, walking slowly in their ancient streets. I could not resit the temptation of playing a monologue in his stage; one of my favourites ancient theatres, one of these where you have the physical sensation of being hugged. The museum has a big collection of the African´s roman mosaic style.