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.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Rusicade (Skikda)

RUSICADE (Skikda), ancient Numidia, modern Algeria.

COORDINATES: 36º52’46.55’’N // 6º54’18.76’’E
TIPOLOGY: Roman theatre. Urban.
DATE: II A.D. Probably in Hadrian times or later.
CAPACITY: 5.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing East. 82,4 m. diameter. Ima cavea was built against hillside but summa was on radial walls that still survives.
ORCHESTRA: The theatre was hardly restored in modern times, there is not too much remains and nothing about the orchestra.
STAGE BUILDING: The place were the stage building was built is now occupied by a school.
LOCATION: The ancient theatre is in the centre of the modern Skikda, east of Algeria.
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. // Lancel, Serge; “L’Algérie antique”. Paris, Mengès, 2003. // Blas de Roblès, Jean Marie; Sintes, Claude; “Sites et monuments antiques de l’Algérie”. Aix-en-Provence, Édisud, 2003.

OUT OF PRINT: There is not too much remains of Rusicade´s ancient theatre, but there is a special charm, maybe because in in the meddle of an Algeria modern city, full of life; when I visited the theatre I could listening boys and girls giving the lesson in class, where the orchestra were built there´s now a modern school. While I was walking and taking pictures of the theatre, my Algerian friend Nordine was taking spearmint that grew between the upper radial walls of the theatre; when we left the theatre we were to drink a tea, and Nordine asked the owner of the coffee shop that made the tea with the spearmint that he took... I will not forget that tea, a tea that grew in  a roman´s  theatre cavea.

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