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.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Palmyra (Tadmor)

PALMYRA (Tadmor), ancient Arabia, modern Syria.

COORDINATES: 34º33'02.33" N // 38º16'07.66" E
TIPOLOGY : Roman theatre. Urban.
DATE: First half of II A.D.
CAPACITY: Unfinished theatre. Ima cavea: 1.500 ? spectators. Inma, media and summa: 5.000 ? spectators.
CAVEA: Facing north. On level ground. The theatre is unfinished, only the ima cavea (not summa) was built, with a diameter of 48,5 m. although it was designed and projected to be built 92 m.. Ima cavea 11 cunei and 13 steps. Maybe summa cavea was built in wood.
ORCHESTRA: 23,50 m diameter, including balteus.
STAGE BUILDING: It is 45m. x 10,5 m. Never was finished, only was built -in the second half of II A.D. the first level of the sacenae frons –five doors-. Proscaenium 1,1 m. high with ten curved and nine rectangular niches.
LOCATION: Close to the cardo maximus. Palmyra´s ruins are in modern Tadmor, in central Syria.
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. // Burns, Ross; “Monuments of Syria”. London, I.B. Tauris, 1999. // Foudrin, Jean-Pascal; “Le front de scène du théâtre de Palmyre” in Moretti, Jean Charles (Ed.); “Fronts de scène et lieux de culte dans le théâtre antique”. Lyon, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée, 2009.

OUT OF PRINT: The day I visited Palmyra was the colder of my life, I could not warm my hands all day except for all the wanders that day brought me. Palmyra is like a dead living city, one of the best preserved ancient treasures, a real travel to the past, miles and miles to explore, graves to experience silence. The landscape was so incredible, a mixture of snow and desert –I visit in january-. Some centuries ago a big wave broke haughty Palmyra, now these collapsed sand castle survives and breath, with the only company of a the hungry wind.

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