MEGALOPOLIS (Megalopoli), ancient Arkadia, modern Greece.
COORDENATES: 37º24´36.52’’N // 22º07’37.76’’E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre. Urban.
DATE: IV B.C.
TRANSFORMATIONS: Late Roman stage.
CAPACITY: 17.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing north. 131 m. diameter. Built against hillside. Maenianum: Ima cavea, 9 rows survives but it has 20 in 9 cunei Media cavea with 20 rows in 9 cunei too. Summa cavea with 15 rows of seats divided in 16 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 31,5 m. diameter. Unpaved.
STAGE BUILDING: Proscaenium supported by 14 columns. Portico of Thersilion stood directly opposite cavea and could served as scene building of theatre. Skanotheka 35 x 8,3 m.
LOCATION: North west from modern Megalopolis.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: 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. // Izenour, George. Roofed Theaters of Classical Antiquity. Yale University Press, 1992.
OUT OF PRINT: “Megara: Husband, let me tell you again, Misfortune does not have many friends”. from Herakles, by Euripides... I hosted Megalopolis ... maybe it was the fatigue of the day.