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By Hugh Denard



Date visited: 13 Nov 1999

Plan from Teatri Greci e Romani, p. 507.

Arrived very late, after sunset, (and only gained access after much persuasive discussion between Aldo and the site wardens).

Views elegantly demonstrating the uselessness of our photos.

Significance to TP
Relationship between (eccentric, much-altered) forum and post-scaenam.

Diagram roughing out (with no degree of accuracy of scale, dimensions etc.) spatial relationship between forum and theatre buildings.

Porticus post scaenam, part of 'Republican Forum'?  Need more information.
Pre- or post TP?  ('built during the period of Caesar or Augustus)
Statues from scaenae frons have been recovered.
Structure of  scaenae frons: scaenae frons and 2 flanking chambers.
Opus reticolatum (et al.) walls.

Notes from Teatri Greci e Romani

Regio I, Latium et Campania

F. Di Mario

Roman theatre.  Urban, close to the forum.  Facing south-west.

It was probably built during the period of Caesar of Augustus.  It underwent several restorations and reconstructions, the latest of which is thought to date to the 4th century A.D.

The cavea rests on substructures consisting of an inner zone with radial rooms and a two-nave ambulatory, and an outer zone with barrel vaults forming a facade with two orders.  In the orchestra there is a large step for the proedria.  The cave is divided into two maeniana.  On some steps a number was found engraved indicating the sequence of seats.

The scaenae frons is rectilinear and decorated with statues, some of which have been recovered.  It is flanked yb two rooms, and to the rear there are a number of utility rooms.  There is a porticus post scaenam, which is formed by the northern arm of the three arcades of the so-called Republican Forum.  The walls are built in opus reticolatum, in various materials that give the facing a two-tone effect.  The walls built in opus latericium belong to the first phase of restoration.  The walls built in opus vittatum, with one layer of tufa blocks alternating with two layers of bricks, belong to the second restoration.

State of preservation:
Many of the lower outer arches are preserved.  The scaena's supporting structures are preserved.

diameter of the cavea: approx. 78 m.

Orriginal capacity:
4,600 seats.

Current utilisation of the theatre:
it is used for theatrical performances.

CIL F2687: AE 1934.253.
S. AURIGEMMA. A. DE SANTIS, Gaeta Formia Minturno, Roma 1955.
G. FORNI 1970, s.v. Teatro.
G.M. DE ROSSI, Lazio meridionale, Roma 1980, p.161.
F. COARELLI, Lazio, Bari 1984, p.376.
M. FUCHS 1987, pp.35-40.
M.P. GUIDOBALDI Il teatro, in Minturnae. Roma 1989, pp.63-64.
C.COURTOIS 1989, pp.118-120; 216.



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