COORDINATES: 37º42’32.79’’N//28º42’24.72’’ETIPOLOGY: Roman odeon. Urban.
DATE: Late I or first II A.D.
TRANSFORMATIONS: After earthquake in IV it was rebuilt without upper seating and roof.
CAPACITY: 1.700 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing South. 46,5 m. diameter. Maenianum: Ima cavea built in fill, with 9 rows of seats –last one with continuous stone back- in 5 cunei; Summa cavea had 11 rows in 5 cunei, built on radial walls.
ORCHESTRA: 11,1 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: Pulpitum have two staircases to orchestra. Scaenae frons with five doors. A single narrow passage for postscaenium.
LOCATION: The odeon is between the greek theatre and the stadium. Ancient Aphrodisias in close to modern Geyre, about 90 klm. west from Denizli.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Izenour, George. Roofed Theaters of Classical Antiquity. Yale University Press, 1992. // 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 beyond the Maeander”. London, Ernst Benn, 1971
OUT OF PRINT: Ancient theatres like the one in Selge make you feel vertigo; ancient theatres like Dyonisos in Athens make you feel a sacred respect; ancient theatres like Ephesos make you feel insignificant; ancient theatres like the roman odeon and the Greek theatre in Aphrodisias make you feel the ancient beauty, the brightness of the sacred stone after the rain... but there´s something more indecipherable in Aphrodisias, some feeling that I have only felt there, something that leave me without words, that stops my breathe... I went into the arena of the ancient Greek stadium, north of the city and a sense of fear came over me, i was lonely but it seemed that the 40.000 spectators were encouraging me, urging me to run a race against time... I swear I do not usually have these crazy feelings or thoughts, but truly that I felt that, a power energy that I have never found in another ancient place... by the way, is the ancient stadium well preserved for me, in that wonderfull ancient city... Aphrodisias, a city sacred to the goddess Aphrodite can not be a commonplace.