Roman Theatre

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The ancient theatre, which was constructed at the start of the Christian era, has all the elements of the Latin Theatre described by Vitruvius, including the caveat (semicircular tiers), the lateral accesses, and the remarkably well-preserved stage wall flanked by parascenia. Six thousand people can be seated within the theatre, carved out of a hill's northern face.

This north-facing monument, which the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius commissioned, is divided into three distinct portions from which ancient audiences saw plays and contemporary audiences listened to concerts. Because the Romans were masters of acoustics, the renowned theater in Amman is the ideal location to see such events (apart from the steep and occasionally slick stairs). If you talk while standing on the little marking that separates the stage from the seats, the entire stadium will hear you.

Roman audiences were strictly divided based on class, gender, nationality, occupation, and marital status. This may be seen in the enclosed design of the Roman theatre.

It was built using the same three building blocks as any other Roman theatre in the world: the cavea, the orchestra, and the scaenae frons.

The cavea is the sitting area with the most significant number of viewers. The topmost tier was referred to as the Gods; despite being distant from the stage, this area had a good perspective because of its elevated location and the steps' steepness. In contrast, the orchestra is the space in front of the stage dedicated to VIPs so that they won't miss any of the action.

The two stories that rise from the stage are called the scaenae fons and serve as a backstage area.

This ancient wonder also has other hidden treasures besides superb sound. The Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions, which has numerous pottery pieces, traditional Bedouin attire, jewelry, and trinkets, is accessible through a small door on the side of the stage. The ruins of the Temple of Hercules can be seen behind the theatre, where they stand on a hill and greet the dazzling Jordanian sun.

On the east side of the forum, visitors may also see the rebuilt Odeon, which could hold 500 spectators, and the Nymphaeum, a decorative fountain built in 191 AD in honor of the water nymphs.

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Al-Hashemi St., Amman Jordan

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