Roman Theatres: An Architectural Study

Roman Theatres: An Architectural Study

Hardback Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology

By (author) Frank Sear

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 612 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 280mm x 38mm | 2,041g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198144695
  • ISBN 13: 9780198144694
  • Illustrations note: 451 plans, 7 maps, 144 plates, 34 figures
  • Sales rank: 1,603,916

Product description

This book is a definitive architectural study of Roman theatre architecture. In nine chapters it brings together a massive amount of archaeological, literary,and epigraphic information under one cover. It also contains a full catalogue of all known Roman theatres, including a number of odea (concert halls) and bouleuteria (council chambers) which are relevant to the architectural discussion, about 1,000 entries in all. Inscriptional or literary evidence relating to each theatre is listed and there is an up-to-date bibliography for each building. Most importantly the book contains plans of over 500 theatres or buildings of theatrical type, as well as numerous text figures and nearly 200 figures and plates.

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Author information

Frank Sear is Professor of Classical Studies, Centre for Classics and Archaeology, University of Melbourne.

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Encyclopedic, obsessively researched, crammed with statistics and facts, Roman Theatres is Sear's magnum opus. Rabun Taylor JSAH ...excellent...admirable book. Eva Stehlikova Listy Filologicke ...the most comprehensive account and comparative analysis yet to appear focusing upon the elements and varieties of Roman theatrical architecture. Richard C. Beacham, Journal of Roman Studies a colossal work which will remail a major reference work for many years to come. Hazel Dodge, Antiquity

Table of contents

1. Theatre and audience ; 2. Finance and building ; 3. Roman theatre design ; 4. Theatres and related buildings ; 5. Republican theatres in Italy ; 6. The theatres of Rome ; 7. The cavea and orchestra ; 8. The scene building ; 9. Provincial theatres ; THE CATALOGUE