COORDINATES: 37º40’41.69’’N // 30º31’18.37’’ETIPOLOGY: 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