COORDINATES: 39º59’46.87’’N // 20º13’28.93’’ETIPOLOGY: Roman theatre. urban.
DATE: It has not been determined but about or after II A.D.
CAPACITY: 3.500 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing north-west. 58 m. diameter. Maenianum: It had two maeniana; In Ima cavea 12 rows of seats partially still survives, divided in 4 cunei. Curved outer wall in good conditions.
ORCHESTRA: 15 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: The stage building was 26,1 x 12,3 m. Scaenae frons had three doorways, marble and some pieces of statues has been recovered from it.
LOCATION: Ancient Hadrianopolis is south of Albania, close to Sofratike and 11 klm. south from Gjirokaster.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Cabanes, Pierre (Ed.); “Carte Archéologique de l’Albanie”. Tirana, Klosi & Benzenberg, 2008. // 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.
OUT OF PRINT: Hadrianopolis´ ancient theatre is in the middle of a vast green field, in a wide valley leading to the Alban-Greek frontier. One expects to find some poppies or spring flowers surrounding these beautiful theatre of Hadrianopolis, but nothing is further from these, in this broad valley grew thousands of concrete round trenches, like mushrooms after the rain fall, a dark reminder of the recent past.