COORDENATES: 38º07’26.28’’N // 27º19’28.91’’E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre. Urban.
DATE: III B.C. ¿?
TRANSFORMATIONS: Scene building restored in Roman times.
CAPACITY: 2,600 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south.east. Maenianum: Ima cavea with 11 rows of seats in 7 cunei; Summa cavea does not reach the semicircle, with 8 cunei some of them with 12 rows, other with 8 rows.
ORCHESTRA: 12,2 m. diameter. Paved in color marble. There are 4 thrones for dignitaries with griffin´s feet and lion´s claws and 2 cylindrical altars.
STAGE BUILDING: The stage is 5,3 m. wide. Proscaenium: there are 8 colums preserved in site
LOCATION: Theatre is south-east of the acropolis hill, north-west of Yeniköy, 4 klm. south-west from Torbali, 30 klm. north from Ephesos.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Yilmaz, Yasar; “Anadolu Antik Tiyatrolari”. Istanbul, Yem Yanin, 2010. // Sear, Frank; “Roman theatres: an architectural study”. Oxford University Press, 2006.
OUT OF PRINT: Metroplis was a great surprise... in my first travel to Turkey, although it had been yet excavated, i did not know its existence; second time I were in Ionia land, I found not only a great theatre, ima cavea very well preserved, with marvellous stone thrones for dignitaries, like in Priene or Amphiaron, and altars too; it was a great award, the day before returning to the great Epheso. But Metroplis had other great surprise for me, after visiting the ancient Greek theatre I took a round for the city remains and, oh my god!, I meet with something i did not have notice about... the remains of an ancient odeon or bouleuterion that had being recently excavated... that evening I won the lottery.