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Ancient Theaters

Theater has been considered the most significant form of art, which included elements of poetry.
1. Ancient Theaters
Delphi is an important site in Ancient Greek religion, among the other structures of today like the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of Athenians, and the stadia. Created to give the view of the sanctuary and shades of the surrounding landscape beyond the theater, this was built in fourth century B.C. The theater believed to accomodate about five thousand people now remains in a flaky condition even after numerous restoration attempts.
2. The Roman Theater of Bosra
Soon after Romas reigned the modern day Syria, along came the inception of the Bosra's theater. Built to house a whopping number of fifteen thousand people with thirty five rows and fantastic acoustics. No doubt it is the best preserved Roman theaters till today!
3. The Theater of Side
Based in Side, a popular resort town on the southern coast of Turkey; the theater has been one of the most popular cultural spot during that era. This was in 25 B.C. when trade and commerce flourished along the Mediterranean channel. Later the theater was used for gladiator wars and also for religious meetings.
4. The Theater of Merida
The most significant building in the city of Merida, the theater has been built which contains horizontal seating sections catering to different social class. Still serving today to a variety of shows, and underwent several restorations the theater houses about five thousand viewers.
5. The Greek Theater of Taormina
This theater was built eyeing the majestic view of the beautiful places of the surroundings, Mount Etna, the Bay of Naxos, Castelmola, and the crystal-clear Mediterranean. Built in second century B.C. in Taormina, the theater has been renovated on numerous occasions. Being the largest theater, it now opens to Taormina Arte, the International Film, Theater, and Dance Festival.
6. The Roman Theater of Amman
With a massive capacity of six thousand viewers, this monument is the most impressive of them all in Jordan. Though a lot has changed of the structure as it used to be earlier, a plaza or better known as forum consisted of a triple arched gate which no longer stands. In mid-1900s the theater served a home to thousands of Palestine refugees, which the area became Israel.
7. The Theater of Dionysus
Believed to be the most ancient theater in the world, and located in the shadow of Acropolis; The Theater of Dionysus staged Athenian drama during the celebration of the Great Dionyssia. Built by descendants of the tyrant Peisistratos, a lot has changed in the structure making it difficult to trace its evolution. The theater is no doubt from the classical greek period. Restoration work is under way to bring back its lost glory.
8. The Theater of Epidaurus
The most famous and best-preserved ancient theater in the world, this is no doubt the epitome of magnifence. The Theater of Epidaurus is the most perfect sample of ancient Greek theater. Also its legendary acoustics of the theater has long been the source of academic and amateur speculation while some refer to its seating design. The theater was both the religious and political centre of Epidaurus.
9. The Roman Theater of Orange
Originally built by Romans in the first century A.D. and later restored in the nineteenth century. The theater was closed for most part but now acts as home to a summer opera festival, Chor?gies d?Orange which began in 1860. The theater remained closed due to opposition from Christian Church's.
10. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Based on cultural and historical impact, along with its unique location, the Odeon of Herodes makes the top of the list. The odeon was built in 161 A.D. by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, and sits in Athenian Acropolis. Herodes was the richest Athenian at the time. Though he was Greek but was a privileged Roman citizen and was highly popular due this vast knowledge. He married a beautiful Roman woman "Rigilla" who died young. Thus the Odeon (of Rigilla previously) was constructed in her memory which also happened to function as a theater.

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