The theatre was built during the reign of Antonius Pius (138-161 CE). The large and steeply raked structure could seat about 6,000 people: built into the hillside, it was oriented north to keep the sun off the spectators.
It was divided into three horizontal sections (diazomata). Side
entrances (paradoi) existed at ground level, one leading to the
orchestra and the other to the stage. Rooms behind these entrances now
The highest section of seats in a theatre, known in British English as "the gods ", even though far from the stage, offer here excellent sightlines, while the actors can be clearly heard, owing to the steepness of the cavea .
The theatre is now used as a venue for cultural activities including
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