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Small Theatre of Ambracia

Last Update: Nov 2013

Temporarily closed to the public, due to works

Archaeological site ARTA , EPIRUS , GREECE
Agiou Konstantinou Street, 47100 ARTA , EPIRUS , GREECE
Tel.: +30 26810 71700 , Fax: +30 26810 21191

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Small Theatre of Ambracia - Overview

  The theatre lies in the centre of the contemporary city at a small distance from the Late Archaic temple of Apollo. This is the small theatre of Ambracia and the smallest ancient theatre revealed so far in the Greek region. The theatre does not rest on a natural hillside but on an artificially embanked slope, which covered the foundations and mosaic floors of a mid-4th century BC bath. The orchestra, parts of the cavea and the parodoi, and the western part of the stylobate of the proscenium, have been uncovered. The cavea had stone seats and was divided in three diazomata (sections). The orchestra had the shape of a perfect circle with a diameter of 6.70 m.
  On the basis of its architectural form, the theatre is dated to the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century BC and was in use until the middle of the 2nd century BC. The monument was excavated in 1976, by the archaeologist of the Ephorate Elias Andreou.
   Under the integrated in NSRF project "Enhancement - Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Ancient Amvrakia: Western Necropolis - Temple of Apollo - Small Theatre", the 33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities implements upgrading works, that are expected to create a well organised network of archaeological sites in the city of Arta.

Sources:
Ministry of Culture and Tourism Website
33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

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