MANTINEA (Paleopoli), ancient Arcadia, modern Greece)
COORDINATES: 37º37’05.19” N / 22º23’32.09” E
TIPOLOGY : Greek theatre. Urban.
DATE: Mid – IV B.C.
TRANSFORMATIONS: II 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. Maenianum: Ima cavea 2 preserved rows of seats –very narrow- but unknow number of steps.
21,7 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: It was 21,07 x
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.