|Oldest Amphitheater in the world|
WORD MEANING - The word "Amphitheater" means "double theater" or "circular theater": it is an elliptical structure situated in a depression in the ground and backing onto embankments.
A DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTION - Unlike the Colosseum in Rome, it didn't have underground chambers where animals were kept or gladiators trained. In addition, this theatre was equipped with a "velarium," or cover that stretched over the complex in case of rain! In fact if you visit, you can still see some of the rings to which the canopy was fixed.
SECTIONS FOR CLASSES - Like the Colosseum in Rome, the seating was reserved for people of different classes. The seats in the lower central area were reserved for dignitaries, while those high up were for the common folks.
THE GAMES - Of course, there were animals, a "circus" and gladiator games. (Of course, it's another excuse to publish a photo of a gladiator.).
|A larger view of the Amphitheater|