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Ancient theatre in Pafos

The theatre at Pafos in western Cyprus lies in the north-eastern corner of the ancient town, diagonally opposite the harbour. It seems to have been built early in the life of the town, in the last years of the fourth century BC.

It seems to show close links with the architecture of Alexandria, as one would expect given that Pafos was the Ptolemaic capital of the island, and there is every chance that it reflects the style of the theatre of Alexandria, which is no longer preserved.

It seems to show several features that are important to the evolution of ancient theatre design, not least its semicircular form.

 

The theatre is only partially built into a hill and the rest was built up with an artificial earthen embankment on which stone seating was placed. To the south of the theatre a paved road was constructed parallel to the stage building in the third century AD. Excavations through part of it have revealed a series of closely-dated deposits which are proving to have far-reaching importance for the chronology of pottery and glass of the 3rd and 4th centuries.
In the 13th-15th centuries AD there was a sizeable farmstead over the area of the stage-building, and it is part of important medieval activity in Pafos, in the period of the Crusaders.
 

 





 

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