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.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Simitthu (Chemtou)

SIMITTHU (Chemtou), ancient Africa Proconsularis, modern Tunisia.

COORDINATES: 36º29'28.40" N // 8º34'20.39" E
TIPOLOGY: Roman theatre. Urban.
CAPACITY: 3.500 ¿? spectators.
CAVEA: Facing north. 68 m. diameter. It was built on level ground, using 13 radial vaults. Two maenianum. Ima cavea is covered, 6 cunei and 6 steps; summa cavea probably 10 steps.
ORCHESTRA: 24 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: pulpitum 1 m. high, 29 m. long. Proscaenium has three large and two curved niches.
LOCATION: Modern Chemtou is about 50 klm. north-west of Le Kef. In 27 AD the roman colony was founded; Simitthu was a very important marble quarry in roman times. West of the city.
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. // Slim, Hédi; Fauqué, Nicolas; “La Tunisie antique”. Paris, Mengès, 2001.

OUT OF PRINT:  The present state of the theatre is very spectacular, ima cavea is cover, what you can see in photograph is only the summa cavea -on the left you can see the "head" of the aditus maximus- . If you walk behind, surronding the outer wall, you can reach the vomitorium, go into the "squeleton" and reach the orchestra level. You are down on earth but touching the orchestra. Simitthu´s ancient theatre is like a body sleep, still waiting for being digged... it reminds me Goya´s painting called "Fight whit clubs" although only in poetic way.

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