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The Theater of Larissa

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Michael Horst
Contributors: Elise Johnson, Michael Horst, Jeffrey Becker, Emily van Zanten, Dalton Parish, Adam Rabinowitz
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Last modified Jun 17, 2015 06:08 PM History
The theater at Larissa was a large stone theater built around the end of the third century BC and used for dramatic performances and as a political meeting place.

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The first ancient theater of Larissa is located in the middle of the city and is mostly constructed out of marble. It consists of three major parts: the cavea, the orchestra, and the stage. The theater was built around the first half of the 3rd century BC by the citizens of the city, under the rule of Antigonus II Gonatas of Macedonia. The site was originally used for traditional dramatic performances, and also served as a makeshift agora for important city meetings. The theater was renovated during the 1st century BC under Roman influence, and turned into a Roman arena that was used for a variety of different activities, including celebrations, duels, and even animal fights. The theater was in continuous use for at least six centuries. It was thought to have been abandoned because of an earthquake during the 7th century AD. Excavations began on the theater in 1910 and ended in 2006.

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Michael Horst, Elise Johnson, Michael Horst, Jeffrey Becker, Emily van Zanten, Dalton Parish, and Adam Rabinowitz, 'The Theater of Larissa: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2015 <> [accessed: 04 March 2024]

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