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Roman theatre of Aspendos, Turkey

(c) GTH & Nathan DePetris

(c) GTH & Nathan DePetris

Dramas and Comedies were played to over seven thousand spectators from the stage of the Roman theatre at Aspendos, outside the resort community of Antalaya, Turkey. The city thrived during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Caesar and commissioned the Greek architect Zenon to build the theatre. In the fourth century BC, Alexander the Great would march through Aspendos, at first leaving the city unblemished, only to sack it of its wealth and cultural relics on his return. Few buildings remain in tact throughout the centuries. The Roman theatre, however, is one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture remaining.

If You Go:

Official Turkish Culture and Tourism Office

Ministry of Turkish Culture and Tourism information on Aspendos

 

 

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