Ancient Theater in Turkey
 
Olba

 

 

     
 

 

   
Other names: Diocaesarea (Diokaisareia)
Roman province: Cilicia
Location: near Uzuncaburš, Silifke county, Province Mersin
Capacity: unknown
Dimensions: ° cavea: ca. 30 m
° orchestra: ca. 12 m
 
   

There are hardly any traditions about the Roman theatre of Olba. In autumn 2017 extensive excavations and reconstructions were carried out at the theatre. The photos show the status at the end of September 2017.

 
   
The history of Olba:  

At the ancient crossroads of the roads to Diocaesarea (Uzuncaburš), Corycus (Kizkalesi) and Seleucia ad Calycadnum (Silifke), near today's village Ura, 4 km from Diocaesarea, the acropolis of the ancient city of Olba is located on a hill with a triangular base. Olba was once the seat of an entire dynasty of priestly kings who ruled from the third to the late first century BC. The Olbic signs on towers and buildings in numerous places in the region bear witness to their rule. The dominion ranged from Claudiopolis (Mut) to Kanytelleis (Kanlıdivane). Under Marcus Antony and also under Augustus their rule was confirmed. After the state of Olba became Roman, the cult of Zeus gained in importance and the cult place under Tiberius (14-37 AD) with the name Diokaisareia became an independent city with its own coins.
When Diocaesarea was elevated to Polis, Olba remained the seat of the priest kings. In Byzantine times Olba became part of the Byzantine province of Isauria. In Roman-Byzantine times, the city expanded into the plain with increasing importance. In addition to the remains of the city fortifications and numerous rock tombs, a theatre, a nymphaeum and an aqueduct have been preserved.

 
   
 
Reconstruction work on the stage house at the end of September 2017  
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
     
     
Photos: @chim    
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Source: Wikipedia and others