THE THEATRE OF PHILIPPOPOLIS
The ancient theatre is one of the principal public buildings of the ancient Philippopolis. In addition to being a cultural centre, it also played an important role in the public and political life of the city and of the Roman province Thracia. Its construction is dated to the beginning of the 2nd century, at the time of Emperor Traianus. This dates the building to the time of the most intensive theatre construction in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. The layout of the theatre reveals certain specificities that prove that it had been used not only for theatre performances, but that it was also used for gladiator and hunting games, which were popular in the Roman world. It underwent several reconstructions, which did not introduce essential changes in its general appearance. The theatre stopped functioning in the 5th century after a fire and a devastating earthquake, and was transformed into stone quarry.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE THEATRE