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, 2 August 2011

Sagalassos (Aglasun)

SAGALASSOS (Aglasun), ancient Psidia / Asia Minor, modern Turkey.

COORDINATES: 37º40’41.69’’N // 30º31’18.37’’E
TIPOLOGY: Roman theatre, Asia Minor style. Urban.
DATE: Las quarter II A.D.
TRANSFORMATIONS: The building was used for amphitheatre games too.
CAPACITY: 7.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south-west. 98,5 m. diameter. Exceeds semicircle. East side ima cavea rests on natural hill but west sides built over substructures. Maenianum: Ima cavea 25 rows of seats in 8 cunei. Summa cavea with 18 rows of seat in 17 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 25,5 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: The scaenae frons was rectilinear and had five doors; the columnatio had two storey.
LOCATION: In the uptown area. Ancient Sagalassos is 1500 m. high, 5 klm. north from Aglasun, 50 klm. south from Isparta.
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. // Freely, John; “The eastern mediterranean coast of Turkey”. Istanbul, Matbaacilik ve Yayincilik A.S., 1998.

OUT OF PRINT: In 2005, when I went from Gölhisar to Isparta for visiting Sagalassos I had to come back 50 klm. before arriving the place, it had snow and I did not have chains for the car. It was frustrating because Sagalassos was one of the places I wish, more than another one, to visit. It was Kurban Bayrami day, a lot families were travelling for visiting their families and there were slaughtered lambs in the villages... I would like to have had these day a real Turkish family for being part of these religious celebration. In 2009, when I returned to my lovely Turkey, finally, I could visit Sagalassos and its theatre and odeon. It is one of the most especial ancient theatres for me, for their intact remains; for the place, where the stones in symbiosis with the mountain; for the silence it has, a cold silence, the silence of the wind and the mountains... Sagalassos, my winter ancient theatre... a place that breaks your breathe

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