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Theater at Butrint

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Noura Alavi, Taylor Harrison Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
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A Greek and Roman theater at the site of Butrint.

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The theater was built on the southern area of the acropolis at the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine site of Butrint (Buthrotum). The original theater was built in a Greek style in the fourth century BC and was commonly used as a place for religious events, including ceremonies and priestly activities, as well as dramatic performances. On the basis of the 13-19 rows of stone seats that are preserved, it is estimated that the theater would have been able to accommodate approximately 1,500 visitors.

In the second century BC, the theater was reconstructed according to a Roman plan, which, among other changes, involved the building of a new stage. Many inscriptions and statues from the various phases of its use have been found in this theater. Among them are inscriptions recording the manumission of slaves and a statue that combines a woman's body and a head of Apollo. The theater was abandoned around the fourth century AD after an earthquake.

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Noura Alavi, Taylor Harrison, Jeffrey Becker, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'Theater at Butrint: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 22 September 2023]

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