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begins the restructuring to enlarge the cavea through the construction of masonry dividing walls in reticulated work to fit another sector, restructuring documented by the inscription on the ara of Seviri Augustales. Other inscriptions testify the restructuring, in the first century A.D. , of the scenic frons with three apses, and the stage of tables suspended by a local notable. The third phase, of the II century A.D. , does not alter the structure of the cavea, but affects mostly the decoration of the scenic frons renewed with elements of imitation of the previous step. Some marble fragments of columns,come from the excavation of the scene , these are corinthian columns and square pilaster capitals that were part of the decoration of the fake architecture of the scene, two headless sculptures of stipendiaries, one of which is in republican clothes, with the small toga and the second, imperial, larger than the true, and a torso of bearded figure in heroic semi-nakedness.In a well on the inside of the theater were also found three portraits, two of the Giulio-Claudia age and one of the flavian age, carefully hidden already in ancient times to prevent theft as a result of the abandonment of public buildings to which probably belonged. On the left-hand side of the theater, one can guess as embedded against the steep walls of the hill of Rotondone, the great elliptical shape of the amphitheatre. The exclusive structure of this type in roman Calabria has a considerable size, with a major axis of ca. 85.50 M and a minor axis at a rate of approximately 65 m, with an arena with axs of ca. 45 M x 32 m. It was made by exploiting the orography of the territory, through the installing, in the hilly field, of radial structures that engage in the perimeter wall, creating elongated trapezoidal spaces without windows, in part fit for habitation, and in part by constructing underground bodies covered in some cases by barrel vaults, on which there were implanted the terraces of the cavea. Along the east side there was builded instead

a sector with " hollow structure", from which there

have been brought to light significant surviving elements, related at least to two levels, with arches and vaults in concretion of bricks and stones. Ongoing research are trying to point out the dating of the building that seem easier to implant in the first century A.D. , with significant rearrangements and renewals of the II century A.D. , in a hilly area already attended during the Greek period and between the republican age and the first augustan age. Two necropolis of roman age are known, the first positioned to the Northeast and the second positioned in the south of the territory of the ancient city.They arise both from the outside of the civic pomerium probably located along the ways out of the city.


Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project  
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