’Roman theatre in Orange.’
The Roman theatre in the town of Orange has one of the only two remaining back walls (sceanea frons) which are still standing. These back walls were essential for good acoustics. Productions staged here ranged from Greek tragedies, musical performances, and acrobatics to political talks.
When christianity became the state religion under Emperor Constantine the Roman theatres were closed down and this may have been a severe blow to the integrity of the Empire. The theatre provided a sense of Roman identity for all its visitors throughout the ethnically divers Empire. Closing down the theatres may have been as shocking as taking television away from the modern world.
The theatre in Orange was built between AD 10 and 25 (during the rule of Emperor Augustus) and is on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. Photo Paul Smit.
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