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Theater of Cyrene

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Michelle Willoughby, Justin Charlton, Tom Elliott Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
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The Greek theater of Cyrene was constructed in the sixth century BCE and transformed into a Roman amphitheater in the second century CE.

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The settlers of Cyrene erected the city's main theater in the Sanctuary of Apollo in the 6th century BCE. This monument is the oldest and most imposing of Cyrene's theater buildings, seating more than 1000 spectators. Construction continued in several phases throughout the Classical and Hellenistic periods. In 74 BCE Cyrene became a Roman colony, and the Greek theater was eventually reconstructed as an amphitheater in the 2nd century CE. At this time the stage was eliminated and the orchestra deepened to form the amphitheater's arena.

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Michelle Willoughby, Justin Charlton, Tom Elliott, Jeffrey Becker, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'Theater of Cyrene: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2016 <> [accessed: 04 June 2023]

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