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Alexander Rozanov

Portrait of the poet and artist Yuri Antonov in his home

Brian Richards

Ancient Amphitheatre, Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

April 24, 2023

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The Ancient Amphitheatre is an ancient Greek theatre in Taormina, Sicily, built in the third century BC. The remains of another Hellenistic building have been found under the Roman cavea. Under Roman rule, the theatre was rebuilt, probably around the time of Hadrian or Trajan. It was remodelled in the third century AD, with the orchestra turned into an arena and the stage removed.

The ancient theatre had a diameter of 107 metres (351 ft) and could hold around 10,000 spectators. It is one of the oldest theatres in Magna Graeca to have curved cavea, rather than the older trapezoidal design. The cavea were divided into nine sections. On either side of the skene was a basilica. Today, the theatre is used as a venue for the annual arts festival Taormina Arte. [Wikipedia]

Here is a view from the Amphitheatre, including Taormina and the spectacular snow covered cone of Mount Etna.


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