"Theatre" Dougga Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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One of the highlights of the ruins at Dougga is the Theatre which was built into the hillside in about A.D. 168. It has a diameter of 120m/395ft. The three tiers of seating in the semicircular cavea, with 19 rows in each, rise to a height of 15m/50ft, with an arched corridor running round the top, which, altogether could accommodate 3,500 spectators. The theatre was used for performances of comedies and pantomimes. A doorway on the stage leads into a hall with Corinthian columns, the foyer of the theatre. Here there is an inscription naming the generous founder of the theatre and describing its amenities. In the basement of the stage building were property stores and other store-rooms.

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  • Written Aug 29, 2008
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