Theatre of Ephesos

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published on 18 June 2012

First constructed in the reign of Lysimachos (early 3rd century BCE), the theatre is built into a natural hill and construction evolved through Hellenistic and Roman times. The seated area (or cavea) was larger than a semi-circle and 38m in height, 154m in diameter. Two passages create three sections of seats reached by 12 stairways. The seating capacity may have reached 24,000.


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Mark holds an M.A. in Greek philosophy and his special interests include the Minoans, the ancient Americas, and world mythology. He loves visiting and reading about historic sites and transforming that experience into free articles accessible to all.

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