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.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Mantinea (Paleopoli)

MANTINEA (Paleopoli), ancient Arcadia, modern Greece)

COORDINATES: 37º37’05.19” N / 22º23’32.09” E
TIPOLOGY : Greek theatre. Urban.
DATE: Mid – IV B.C.
CAPACITY: 2.500 ? spectators.
CAVEA: Facing east. Larger than a semicircle. 67 m. diameter. It was built on flat site, resting in artificial embankment. MaenianumIma cavea 2 preserved rows of seats –very narrow- but unknow number of steps.
ORCHESTRA: 21,7 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: It was 21,07 x 5,5 m.
LOCATION: Theatre is close to the agora. The remains are 15 klm. north of modern Tripolis.
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. // Arias, Paolo Enrico; “Il teatro greco fuori di Atene”. Firenze, G.C. Sansoni, 1934.

OUT OF PRINT: Mantinea´s ancient greek theatre is very near Ayia Photeini , the most curious church I have ever seen, a mixture of styles, colours and forms made it with ancient  Mantinea´s remains, colums, friezes, pilastres... like a three-dimensional mosaic, like a jigsaw of mixtures and tones, the work of a mad genius... it was built in 1968.

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