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

Phoinike (Finik)

PHOINIKE (Finik), ancient Epiro, modern Albania.

COORDINATES: 39º54'49.50" N // 20º03'21.97" E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre. Urban.
TRANSFORMATIONS: Some roman ionic style fragments suggest the existence of a roman stage building.
CAPACITY: 5000 espectators ¿?
CAVEA : Facing south-west. Rest on natural slope.
STAGE BUILDING: 25 m. long.
NOTES: It has been partially uncovered, only orchestra and scaena.
LOCATION: Phoinike was in ancient times the political center of the greek tribe of the chaonians. The city remains are in Albania, close of modern Finik, 10 klm. far from Saranda.
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. // Cabanes, Pierre (Ed.), “Carte Archéologique de l’Albanie”. Tirana, Klosi & Benzenberg, 2008. // Ceka, Neritan. “The Illyrians to the Albanians”. Tirana, Migjeni, 2005.

OUT OF PRINT: Not too much to see in Phoinike... maybe... the bones are covered, the body is in rest... but it is easy to think that all sleep under earth... and nothing can disturb these peace... I have a souvenir of that day... trying to acces to the theatre, looking for diferent points to taking photos I was trapped in a thicket and since then a scar on my leg remind me the rest in peace of Phoinike´s cavea... in other way I found the outer wall of the theatre and I could chek the huge size of the theatre, quite big.

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