Tina Neuhauser, “Roman Provincial Theaters – A Review Based on Selected Examples”
Sponsored by AIA-MN and Macalester College
Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
United States

The Roman architect Vitruvius (De architectura
5,3,1) said that building a theater was one of the first
priorities at a site: “When the forum is placed, a spot
as healthy as possible is to be chosen for the theatre,
for the exhibition of games on the festival days of the
immortal gods…”
Evidence of ancient theaters can be found
throughout the whole Roman Empire.  In addition to
extant theaters, one finds their indications in present
architectural remains or in eference to performances
found on inscriptions.
Not enough attention has been given to the
Provinces concerning the existence of theaters and to
their role in the history of ancient theater. This is
particularly true in Dalmatia, Moesia, Noricum and
Pannonia, where a number of diverging cultures met.
Greek, Roman/Italic as well as Gallic influences can
be seen in theaters in these provinces based on
selected examples. Moreover, these four Roman
Provinces provide us with an interesting legacy,
which cannot be found in the rest of the Roman

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