TEATRO ROMANO E ODEON – CATANIA

 
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The Ancient Theater of Catania insists on the extreme southern slopes of the hill of Montevergine, the acropolis of the ancient city, between today's Via Vittorio Emanuele, Via Crociferi and Teatro greco. The area shows evidence of frequentation from prehistoric times and preserves sections of the Greek-era theater building, likely connected to the shrine of Demeter and Kore identified in the adjacent via Crociferi. The present structure dates to the Roman period and has several construction phases, the first dating to the 1st century AD.

 

The ancient Theater of Catania insists on the extreme southern slopes of the Montevergine hill, the acropolis of the ancient city, among the present-day Via Vittorio Emanuele, Crociferi and Greek Theater. The area presents evidence of frequentation from the prehistoric age and preserves traits of the Greek theatrical building, probably connected to the sanctuary of Demeter and Kore identified in the adjacent via Crociferi. The current structure dates back to Roman times and presents different construction phases, the first dating back to the 1st century AD. During the second phase, dating back to the following century, the theater assumed greater and more lavish proportions thanks to the construction of a monumental entrance, a larger cavea and a more articulated and richly decorated scenic building. The construction of the adjacent Odeon dates back to the same phase, used for poetic and musical competitions and for rehearsals of the performances staged in the main theater. Further modified and restored in the III and IV century AD, between the 5th and 6th centuries, after being used for aquatic shows, the theater, like the Odeon, was abandoned and progressively covered by buildings. Two houses (Casa Pandolfo - Casa Liberti), preserved from demolition, are now used as Antiquarium and exhibit the most significant evidence produced by archaeological investigations.

 

In Via Vittorio Emanuele, 270 and in Via Teatro Greco, 7 there are accesses for the disabled.

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