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.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Nea Paphos (Kato Paphos)

NEA PAPHOS (Kato Paphos), ancient Cyrenaica, modern Cyprus.

COORDINATES: 34º45’36.92” N // 32º24’25.98” E
TIPOLOGY : Roman odeon. Urban.
DATE: Late I A.D.
CAPACITY: 2.000 ? spectators.
CAVEA: Facing east. 48 m. diameter. Supported in subestructures. Only low maeniana survivesIma cavea: 14 rows in 5 cunei ; probably Summa cavea had 13 rows in 10 cunei. Hardly restored in 70´s.
ORCHESTRA: 12 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: Part of the proscaenium and the paved floor are preserved. Some fragments of grey granite columns were found.
LOCATION: The odeon in in Paphos´  archeological place. Odeon is facing agora inside the Asclepium complex.
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. // Karageorghis, Vassos; “Cyprus. From stone age to the Romans”. London, Thames and Hudson”, 1982.

OUT OF PRINT: The odeon was in conection with Asclepium complex, so it is thought the building was used for ritual purpose. Similar to Pergamo´s Asclepium theatre, in Turkey. Some pretty mosaics can be found in Paphos´ archeological place.

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