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.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Selge (Zerk)

SELGE (Zerk), ancient Psidia / Asia Minor, modern Turkey.

COORDINATES: 37º13'45.39" N // 31º07'39.91" E
TIPOLOGY : Roman Asia Minor style theatre. Sub-urban.
DATE: Mid- II A.D.
CAPACITY: 9.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south-east.  Exceeds semicircle. 104 m. diameter. MaenianumIma cavea, 30 rows of seats in 11 cunei; Summa cavea: 15 rows of seats in 22 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 22,5 m.diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: It´s collapsed, although it seems that all the remains are scattered in the place.  The scaenae frons was rectiliner.
LOCATION: Ancient Selge, modern Zerk is located on the slopes of Toros mountains, 85 klm. north-east of Antalya. The theatre is close to the stadium.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Yilmaz, Yasar; “Anadolu Antik Tiyatrolari”. Istanbul, Yem Yanin, 2010. // 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. // Bean, George; “Turkey´s southern shore”. London, Ernest Benn Limited, 1968. // Freely, John; “The eastern mediterranean coast of Turkey”. Istanbul, Matbaacilik ve Yayincilik A.S., 1998.

OUT OF PRINT: Selge is one of those special theatres, unique. It´s teh only one I have felt a real sense of vertigo, the cavea´s angle of decline is spectacular and the two times I have been there I had to sat in the stone seats. Not only the vertigo is something unique in that theatre, although the color of the stone seats, with a gray color that unifies all the blocks of stone in one. There are more things that make Selge´s a marvellous place... the modern village, a very small village with a traditional rural life is inside the ancient ruins, it seems  like a joke, that gigantic theatre, largely intact, which hosted an audience of 9.000 people, in a a major city in ancient times, now a an inert shadow in a little village of 100 people. Selge theatre is not a space to see a play... is a huge eye that looks the village of Zerk... since inmemorial time.

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