THEATRES AND AMPHITEATRES INTO THE ROMAN CAMPANIA . THE “FLAVIUS AMPHITHEATRE” IN POZZUOLI: 1st PART.

Paolo Gravina, Tourist Guide in Naples and its surroundings - Guida turistica in Napoli e dintorni.

This article about the “Flavius Amphiteatre” opens a series entitled “Theatres and Amphtheatres into the Roman Campania”. All pictures were made upon permission by the Superintendence to the Archaeological Heritage n. 10793 of 10th July 2014, with the exception of the first two.

Picture 1. Greek theatre of Epidaurus. Picture 1. Greek theatre of Epidaurus.

In this series I’ll not follow a strictly chronological order. I’ll begin to treat this subject from the most famous monuments, such as the amphitheatres of Pozzuoli and Santa Maria Capua Vetere, to the less known – but not less fascinating – buildings, such as the theatre of Cales (Calvi Risorta near Caserta) and the one of Villa Pausylipon in Naples. What distinguishes an amphitheatre from a theatre? As a first step I have to clear up this point: the Roman amphitheatre is an evolution of the Greek theatre, whose quite semicircular plan didn’t change from the Greek era to…

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