Ancient Theatre of Iol Caesarea, Algeria

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Carole Raddato
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published on 10 February 2023
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The ancient Theatre of Iol Caesarea (modern Cherchell in Algeria) was probably built during the time of Juba II (c. 48 BCE-23 CE). The orchestra was modified towards the end of the 2nd century CE or the beginning of the 3rd century CE to accommodate gladiatorial combats. The theatre's cavea was composed of 27 seats for 5000 spectators. When the building was converted into an amphitheatre, the five lowest tiers of seating were removed, together with the orchestra, and stage building, to create an elliptical arena surrounded by a perimeter wall to protect the spectators.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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