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, 31 May 2011

Pergamo (Bergama)

PERGAMO (Bergama), ancient Mysia / Asia Minor, modern Turkey.

COORDINATES: 39º07’54.64’’N // 27º10’58.67’’E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre.
DATE: Last quarter of III B.C.
TRANSFORMATIONS: Stage building was rebuilt in II B.C. In roman times a royal box was built in media cavea and the three first rows of seats were removed for transforming the orchestra in arena.
CAPACITY: 11.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing west. 80 m. diameter, but we have to know that only ima cavea is a perfect semicircle. The upper cavea is enclosed by walls. Maenianum: Ima cavea has 21 rows of seats in 7 cunei; Media cavea 32 rows in 6 cunei; Summa cavea 25 rows in 6 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 21 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: It did not have a permanent stage building, because of terrance. There are remains of three rows of post-holes were woden stage was anchored.
LOCATION: West side of the Acropolis hill.
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. // Bieber, Margarete. “The History of The Greek and Roman Theatre”. Princeton University Press, 1961. // Pappalardo, Umberto. “Teatri greci e romani”. Verona, Arsenale Editrice, 2007. // Bean, George; “Aegan Turkey”. London, Ernst Benn, 1972.

 OUT OF PRINT: These is a classical ancient theatre image, in archeological books, in travel guides, in ancient theatres bibliography. I can assure that being in the top rows of seat get dizzy. It seems that you are flying, and for not being a semicircle cavea and being a very high cavea the acoustic is wonderful. To fly in Pergamo Greek theatre would be to play Aristophanes´Birds.

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