Ancient amphitheats in the tourist countries of the world – Part 3
This is the third part of the story about Roman and Greek amphitheaters in popular resorts. If you read it not from the beginning, we recommend starting from the first part.
Place where everything has survived well, except for amphitheater – Pompeii
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was completely destroyed during the eruption of the Vesuvius volcanic. The city was covered with a thick, several meters, a layer of ash. It was this ashes that retained a lot in the city in primeval form. Pompeii turned out to be for historians just "treasure".
Was in the city and amphitheater, but he suffered very seriously. The front rows, intended for the nobility, survived completely, as they were stone, and the top rows for ordinary citizens were not preserved at all. This part of the amphitheater Pompei was a wooden structure, and the ashes did not leave her either a trace.
In any case, you can sit on the lower steps and feel yourself a notable in the city of Pompeii, looking at the presentation and drinking Italian wine from the bowl.
This fact makes it seriously thinking about whether there were no such add-ons for other theaters? Do we correct the dimensions of the Roman and Greek amphitheators known to us? The Colosseum in Rome has a superstructure for sure, it is installed on the ancient documents. It is alleged that the awning for protection against rain could be tent. About other amphitheaters we can only guess. For example, the Acropolis of Lindos in Greece already mentioned in the last part of the article contains too small amphitheater for such a major settlement. I put on the fact that the add-in there was.
As you can see, on the Apennine Peninsula, many interesting historical sites, it is for this reason that many are happy to fly to Italy for sightseeing in winter, and, of course, for the sake of shopping for the Italian gifts and clothing of world brands.
Tunisia – Dugg and Udna – so different, but they are together
On the two popular archaeological sites of Tunisia there are amphitherators. Dugg and Udna is very similar to each other, and, as I wrote in one of the articles, for an ordinary tourist there is no great point to visit both of the sights of Tunisia.
The biggest difference between them is the theaters. In Empty, there is a huge oval classic Roman amphitheater, and in Dougge, a semicircular Greek. Both of them passed the restoration and look great.
In my opinion, Muten produces a much deeper impression precisely thanks to the amphitheater. It is him you see immediately, as soon as you come here on a tour. It can be said that the organizers of the event there is one serious "trump card", and they start the game of precisely from him. In the maps it is not a very successful tactic, and the tourist business works perfectly. At the very least, I really liked the excursion myself.
Dugg city is much more modest. Not all tourists watch the amphitheater, as the archaeological site is quite large, and bypassing all the buildings not all visitors "under the power". In Dougg, a small amphitheater is quite enough if you consider the large size of the city. Perhaps there was a superstructure.
In Emnation, it also also because under the shares of the amphitheater remained basements, both in El Jimea, and let the tourists. You can "climb" there and feel yourself with a gladiator who prepares for battle, maybe the last in his life.
Gladiators did not always participate in the battles with each other. The mutual fights were fraught with the death of Athlete, therefore, compensation to the owner of the slave from the organizer of the Games. You understand, no one wanted to spend too much.
The executions of criminals were popular with the hands of gladiators, where newcomers could get the first experience in the arena. Of course, most slaves defined in gladiators have already had combat experience and served in the army. But the battle on the battlefield in the ranks and fights in the arena are different things.
The second cheerful distinction for the Romans was animal trauma. Moreover, the more exotic were the beasts, the fun was considered more interesting.
At the very beginning of the Roman history, the gladiators fought not for the sake of entertainment of the crowd, but in memory of the conclusted Roman. It was a rite in memory of the mustache, which was still very long time, up to a complete ban on the fighting of gladiators in 404. When the gladiator fights have become an all-life entertainment, it’s hard to say. Most likely, this process passed smoothly several centuries.
Already at the time of Julia Caesar, gladiators firmly joined the show-business then another Roman republic – it is known exactly. Caesar himself won the love of the plebeian crowd, exhibiting 200 pairs of gladiators for presentation.
The last amphitheater, which we did not mention – Lycia, the city of the world
This amphitheater in Turkey can be viewed during an excursion to the Demrem Mira-Kekova.
There is nothing extraordinary in it, just this is the only amphitheater, which is well covered on our website, but I have not mentioned yet. Although there is no one distinguishing feature. Here, very well preserved elements of scene design – bas-reliefs with theatrical masks. By the link above, you can see our article and the photo gallery, where these parts of the scene are perfectly visible.
And this amphitheater is also in Turkey. But, unlike Pamukkale, it is very well located. Go to the city of the world from popular Turkey resorts near. From Kemer just about an hour, from Antalya no more than one and a half hours.
Excursion here is a pleasure. And the amphitheater look, and the Lycian tombs will see (by the way, the exclusive spectacle is only here), and we can ride on the boat during the second part of this trip, which is called "Kekova City". In my opinion, this is one of the most pleasant excursions in Turkey.
That’s all. I have nothing more to talk about amphitheaters in resort countries. I hope your visit to these attractions will be pleasant.