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Chroniques des travaux archéologiques en Turquie 2019

Preliminary Report on the Theatre of Smyrna / Izmir and the Excavations (2014-2019)

Akın Ersoy, Sarp Alatepeli and Gözde Şakar
p. 283-298

Abstracts

The Theatre of Smyrna, whose presence in the memory of the city of Izmir dates back to the 17th century, begins to appear after the demolition of the modern houses constructed in this area since the 19th century. Excavations carried out in the last 5 years revealed the east part of the cavea and some additions of the stage building. The archaeological excavations realised in the stage building revealed the presence of many sculpture fragments and architectural blocks including friezes with masks, which provide information about the façade of the building in the 2nd century AD. The research has also revealed the existence of various epigraphic findings that shed light on the urban life. While the excavations showed that some parts of the ima cavea and the diazoma were preserved, many figurines and ceramics were also found, which gave an idea about the possible structures around the theatre.

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Outline

The Known History of the Theatre of Smyrna
Excavations of the Cavea
Stage Building / Scene
The Late History of the Theatre

First lines

Remains of many monumental buildings have been found during the excavations carried out in the last ten years in the ancient city of Smyrna, which was built after Alexander the Great. One of these structures is the Theatre of Smyrna. The ancient city of Smyrna was built on the slopes and plains between the Acropolis Hill (Kadifekale) and the port (Kemeraltı), and the Agora of Smyrna was located at the centre of the ancient city. The theatre, on the other hand, was built on the slope between the Agora and Acropolis Hill and is considered to have an orientation compatible with the regular urban plan (Ersoy, 2015, p. 55). Strabo (Geography, 14.1.37), one of the first to describe Smyrna, defined the city as “part of it is on the hill and surrounded by a wall, but most of it is near the port, Metroon, and Gymnasion on the plain”, but he did not mention the theatre nor the Agora. The location of the theatre is in a position to dominate the city and the Izmir Bay.

In addition to the Agora ...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Akın Ersoy, Sarp Alatepeli and Gözde Şakar, Preliminary Report on the Theatre of Smyrna / Izmir and the Excavations (2014-2019)Anatolia Antiqua, XXVIII | 2020, 283-298.

Electronic reference

Akın Ersoy, Sarp Alatepeli and Gözde Şakar, Preliminary Report on the Theatre of Smyrna / Izmir and the Excavations (2014-2019)Anatolia Antiqua [Online], XXVIII | 2020, Online since 01 December 2022, connection on 09 December 2021. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/anatoliaantiqua/1724; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/anatoliaantiqua.1724

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About the authors

Akın Ersoy

Izmir Katip Celebi University, Department of Turkish and Islamic Archaeology
akin.ersoy@ikcu.edu.tr

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Sarp Alatepeli

Izmir Katip Celebi University, Department of Turkish and Islamic Archaeology
sarp.alatepeli@ikcu.edu.tr

Gözde Şakar

Manisa Celal Bayar University, Department of Archaeology
gozde.sakar@cbu.edu.tr

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