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.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Eretria (Eretria)

ERETRIA (Eretria, Eubea island), ancient Euboea / Achaea, modern Greece.

COORDINATES: 38º23’54.93’’N // 23º47’26.48’’E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre.
DATE: First half V B.C.
TRANSFORMATIONS: First cavea was rebuilt in last IV B.C. Scene building rebuilt in last II B.C.
CAPACITY: 6.300 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south. 91 m. diameter. It had 25 row of seats but only 8 are preserved, divided in 11 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 22 m. diameter. There are a Charonian corridor from under the stage to the meddle of the orchestra, it was used for special appearances in the middle of the play, including appearances of characters from the underworld.
STAGE BUILDING: The stage was 19,8 x 2,7 m. It survives remains of early scene building,  that was divided in five rooms. The scene wall in the second period was 25,6 m. long. In third period the old parascaenia was removed and a new scene building was built.
LOCATION: Eretria´s ancient theatre is close to modern Eretria, in Eubea island.
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. // Bieber, Margarete. “The History of The Greek and Roman Theatre”. Princeton University Press, 1961. // Neppi Modona, Aldo. “Gli edificio teatrali greci e romani”. Firenze, Leo S. Olschki, 1961. // Lange, Judith; Bosnakis, Dimitris; “Ancient theatres”. Athens, Itanos, 1996. // Maximos, Platon; “Ancient Hellenic theatres”. Athens, 1998. // Maximos, Platon; “Fair competition: ancient stadia – ancient theatres”, Athens,  , 2004. // Arias, Paolo Enrico; “Il teatro greco fuori di Atene”. Firenze, G.C. Sansoni, 1934.

OUT OF PRINT: Dawning. In the slow summer. A cock hoarse and the wild yellow grass, sleepy, fluffy, inviting to a dream that was not yet possible. An elderly woman carrying some vegetables. Some workers with the first cigarette of the day. Eretria stretches in front of this languid colossus, its theatre, to whom I nail my knees

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