Seating at Large Theatre in Pompeii, Italy - Encircle Photos

Seating at Large Theatre in Pompeii, Italy

The horseshoe-shaped seating at the Large Theatre consisted of three tiers. From the lowest to the highest they were called ima, media and suma cavea. The seats were covered in marble but only a few of the white slabs have survived. Approximately 5,000 spectators had excellent views of the circular orchestra pit and the rectangular stage where the typical performances were tragedies and comedies. This entertainment complex was designed by Marcus Artorius Primus during the third century BC and renovated after the earthquake in 62 AD.

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Viale delle Ginestre & Via Stabiana, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

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