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005 Italy - Rome - Ostia Antica


Original theatre built at end of first century BC.
Present structure started by Commodus (176-192 AD).

The theatre is one of the oldest brick theaters anywhere. It could hold 4,000 spectators.

The street side had a travertine pavement and was surrounded by travertine piers, between which were chains. In the facade were sixteen shops with back rooms.

The lower level of the seating area was entered through a central corridor, and through two lateral entrances. The entrance in the centre of the shops had a pavement and wall revetment of marble. The vault was decorated with stucco reliefs. Four staircases between the shops led to the second and third level.

The theater ajoined a large public square surrounded by shops.