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, 3 December 2012

Derventum (Drévant)

DERVENTUM (Drévant), ancient Gallia Aquitania. modern France.

COORDINATES: 46º41’35.13N // 2º31’21.35’’E
TIPOLOGY: Rural ritual Gallo-Roman theatre. Not urban.
DATE: Last I or first II A.D.
CAPACITY: 5.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south-west. 85 m. diameter. Rest on hillside. There were three maeniana: Ima cavea with 10 rows of seats in 4 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 27 m. diameter, surrounded by podium, 2,6 m. high.
STAGE BUILDING: Scene building 18,5 x 7 m. It was roofed by 4 Doric columns.
LOCATION: Ancient Derventum is in modern Drevant, 45 klm. south of Bourges.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Grenier, Albert; “Manuel d’archeologie Gallo-Romain”. Paris, Éditions A. Et J. Picard, 1958. // Landes, Christian (Ed.); “Le gout du theatre a Rome et en Gaule romaine”. Musée de Lattes, 1989. // 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: I spent one winter crossing France searching for the ancient stages...

““It is snowing on my roof and on the trees. The wall and the garden are white,
the path black, and the house has given way without a sound.
It is snowing.

            –Pierre Reverdy-

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