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‘The Roman theatre of Heraclea’


Last photos in my series about Heraclea.

The Roman theatre served both for theatre performances and gladiator games with animals.
Construction probably started during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (° in 76 and † in 138) and ended at the time of his successor Antoninus Pius (° in 86 and † in 161).
The auditorium is horseshoe-shaped and had a capacity of about 2.500 spectators.
After the ban of gladiator fights in the early 5th century, the theatre lost its function and was slowly buried by erosion. Its seats were used for other buildings in Heraclea.

Information from https://bitola.info/heraclea-lyncestis-bitola/

Already mentioned with my previous two photos:
Heraclea was an ancient Greek city in Macedonia, later ruled by the Romans.
Founded in the 4th century BC it was named in honour of the mythological hero Heracles.
In the middle of the 2nd century BC the Romans conquered Macedonia and made it a province. For Heraclea this became a prosperous period.
Life in Heraclea died out at the end of the 6th century when it is believed the population moved to the present location of nearby Bitola.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6793 W: 24 N: 16053] (62886)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-07-20
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-16 23:46
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