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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Theatre of Marcellus

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Rome, Italy; 13 BCE

Audience and actors in a Roman theatre were arranged in the same way as in a Greek one, but the structure holding the audience was completely different. Whereas the Greeks sought out sloping ground to make the rake for theatre seating, the Romans could build a theatre anywhere. Roman theatres were typically located in city centres, while Greek ones were more often associated with sanctuaries such as Epidauros (pages 266–67) and Delphi (pages 102–103). Even in Athens, the Theatre of Dionysos was on the slopes of the Acropolis (pages 168–69) rather than in the Agora (pages 306–307). By contrast, in the days ...

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