Αρχαίο Θέατρο Τεγέας – Ancient Theater of Tegea

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The fragments of this important theater are located in Episkopi, which was also the location of the temple of the ancient basilica of Niklas. Titus Livius teaches us that the construction of the theater was valiantly sponsored by the grecophile King of Syria, Antiochus Epiphanes the fourth. But there was certainly an older construction, built before the second century BC, given the long tradition in Tegea of poetry and tragic speech. The theater dominated in the heart of the city and was not exiled to one of the nearby hills. Thus playing the additional role of marketplace, it clearly had an important place in city life. That is to say, it was used in the political life of Tegea. The existence of the theater first became apparent to the great Hellenist German Jew, Roht, due to the curves in the ground. The French School of Archaeology then excavated the site bringing to light sections of the entrance arch and two thrones from the seating of the guests of honor that are now kept in the Archaeological Museum of Tegea.