Roman Theatre of Hierapolis

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Carole Raddato
published on 22 April 2015

The Roman theatre of Hierapolis in Phrygia (Turkey) was built in the 2nd century CE under Emperor Hadrian on the ruins of an earlier theatre following a devastating earthquake in 60 CE. It was later renovated under Septimius Severus (193-211 CE), the scaenae frons was modified and decorated with elaborate limestone and marble carvings. Recent reconstruction efforts have restored most of the cavea which could accommodate approximately 15,000 people.

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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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