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Laodicea ad Lycum: Two Theaters.

October 18, 2016

The Phyrigian city of Laodicea ad Lycum is one of the few cities of classical antiquity that disposed of two theaters operating at the same time. This is a good testimony to the high level of prosperity achieved by Laodicea, to the point of being considered the second most important city of Asia Minor in Roman times. Let's get acquainted with these theaters:

 

 1. The Northern Theater.

 

The Northern Theater.- Built in the first century, it had a capacity for 12,000 spectators and is thought was used, among other "prosaic" tasks, for performing aquatic shows. The study of its structure (photo 1) shows that it must have been a marvelous work whose present ruin, although undoubtedly showy, does not allow us to appreciate the degree of magnificence it once possessed.