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

Cuicul (Djemila)

CUICUL (Djemila), ancient Numidia, modern Algeria.

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.
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. // Lancel, Serge; “L’Algérie antique”. Paris, Mengès, 2003. // Blas de Roblès, Jean Marie; Sintes, Claude; “Sites et monuments antiques de l’Algérie”. Aix-en-Provence, Édisud, 2003.

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.

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