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, 26 February 2011

Madauros (M´Daourouch)

MADAUROS (M´Daourouch), ancient Africa Proconsularis, modern Algeria.

COORDINATES: 36º04’39.97” N  /  7º54’05.04” E
TIPOLOGY : Roman theatre. Urban.
CAPACITY: 600 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south-east. 33 m. diameter. Maenianum: 8 rows of seats in five cunei (smallers each side)
ORCHESTRA: 17,7 m. diameter. Including balteus. Bisellia with three steeps.
STAGE BUILDING: The sacenae frons´s wall is at the same time the bottom wall of the portico of the forum. Proscaenium with only one curved niche. Pulpitum is 20,2 x 4,06 m.
LOCATION: The ancient theatre is close to the forum. M´Daourouch remains are about 120 klm. south-east from Calama.
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.  // Lancel, Serge; “L’Algérie antique”. Paris, Mengès, 2003.
 // Blas de Roblès, Jean Marie; Sintes, Claude; “Sites et monuments antiques de l’Algérie”. Aix-en-Provence, Édisud, 2003.

OUT OF PRINT: An argelian archeologist that I found in the ancient mausoleum of La Chrétienne, near roman Tipasa, assured me that Madauros´ ancient theatre was the smaller roman theatre in the world. Maybe, it seems more like an odeon than a theatre in fact. In photograph you can see my argelian close friend Nordine, all what I love Algeria is for what he showed me. Algeria is truly amazing, in fact one of my favourite countries, one of my best travels, marvellous people and land, I really hope all the political revolts of these days will give Algeria all the best, all what people want and was removed. There are theatres that invites you to make a classical play, other ones suggest you to make a loud laughter... Madauros invites you to whisper... a real close theatre.

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