- Published on Saturday, 01 June 2013 20:36
- Written by Angelos Giorgis
The ancient theater is made in a natural cavity of the hill, leaning on the wall and it is estimated that is located in this position from the 5th BC century, as evidenced by Hippocrates.
At the beginning of the 3rd BC century, built the stage with marble facade. The scene is devoted to Dionysus from the Thasian Afsistratos, son of Kodi. There are still a whole column and various other pieces. In those years, the theater was used to given, theatrical and musical performances.
Later in Roman times, the orchestra and benches were refurbished. In several benches, saved engraved the names of people who held positions.
After the first AD century, the theater was used for "hunting" and the struggles of gladiators. And duels were paired with horsemen. The orchestra became arena and around the middle of the 2nd AD century, Iragoras, son of Effrillou, orthoses raillings to isolate the viewers.
The bases of railings were marble. On such a marble is preserved the name of a benefactor, the Spaniard, who later appointed her will be made each year hippodrome celebrations in Thessaloniki.