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22-Dec-2013 Dick Osseman

Selge December 2013 5105.jpg

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The theater is about 80 m wide and could hold some 9500 people. The stage building was destroyed by lightning at the beginning of the 20th century.
Although dating from the 2nd century AD and restored a century later (Roman era), it has an ‘auditorium/cavea’ (seating section) in Greek-hellenistic style, that exceeds the semicircular form which was the usual Roman lay-out. Most of the cavea was cut out in the mountain slope (another feature of Greek theaters); only the retaining walls of its west and east ends were constructed upon their own foundations (in the Roman way).

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Websites of ‘’-‘’ ,
‘Antik Stadyumlar’ – Secda Saltuk (Istanbul 1995) & Personal visits to Selge/Altınkaya (1992 – 2004) .

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