Ancient Ostia, Italy

Roman Theatre


Along the decumanus maximus, one of the main streets of the city's development, you will come across the outer curve of the cavea of the Theatre, built under Augustus (end of the first century BC) and then rebuilt using bricks in 196 - the current outer ring, made of bricks, is a modern reconstruction, as are the steps of the cavea, built for the Universal Exhibition of Rome in 1942.

Walls of the original construction, from the time of Augustus, are still visible along the side corridors, on either side of the orchestra. The theatre included two tiers of steps and could accommodate up to 2500 spectators. The capacity was further increased with the addition of a third tier of steps - at the time of Septimius Severus and Caracalla - and an upper loggia.