MESSENE (Mavrommati), ancient Achaia / Mesenia, modern Greece.
COORDINATES: 37º10’31.73” N // 21º55’15.54” E
TIPOLOGY : Greek odeon, Ekklesiasterion or small cult theatre. Urban.
DATE: The Asclepium start to be built in Hellenistic times but was finished in roman times, in first I A.D.
CAPACITY: 700 ? spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south. Rest on little slope. It´s enclosed by a rectangular wall 21x34 m.. Maenianum: Ima cavea: 11 rows in 3 cunei; Summa cavea: 4 rows preserved but probably more.
9,70 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: The facade wall of the stage building, hellenistic style, consisted of 6 doric half-colums; it had three doorways and four openings for wooden painted panels.
LOCATION: Messene´s archeological remains are close to modern Mavromati, in the south-west of Peloponeso.
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. // Mee, Christopher; Spawforth, Anthony; “Greece. Oxford archeological guides”. Oxford University Press, 2001.
OUT OF PRINT: Odeon in conection with Asclepium temple, like in Nea Paphos or Pergamo. Messene´s odeon is one of these I would like to play, with its dazzling white stone, the living colour of its orchestra, their dimensions invites to an intimate theatre where first and last is the contact with the spectator; these kind of feeling I also have had, but with naunces, in Aphrodisias and Nysa´s bouleuterions or odeons, both in Asia Minor, Turkey.