Theater of Pompey

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Theater of Pompey


Theater of Pompey



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-- First, take a left out of the Piazza Venezia.-- Head down Via del Plebiscito until you hit Piazza della Cancelleria-- Take your first right and you should come out onto Via di Grotta Pinta-- Take a left and thebuilding shoud be right infront of you

The Theater of Pompey was the first stone and concrete theater. In the center, at the top of the stands stood a temple to Venus Victrix, flanked by several other shrines. It is one of the biggest buildings in its surroundings still today. Attached to the courtyard at its far end, where it abutted the area of the four Republican temples in the Largo Argentina, was Pompey's Curia, which was some sort of inaugurated hall, or chamber in which the senate could meet, as it did for the session in which Caesar was assassinated. The inspiration for its design allowed Pompeys architects (which he had many of) to locate it on a flat and marshy plain rather than on a hill. At its end, facing the Temple of Venus Victrix, the Curia Pompeia, which was guarded by a statue of Pompey himself, provided the Senate with an elegant new meeting hall.

The Theater of Pompey has been changing into many different uses, wheather it was a place given to Pompey, or wheather it was a place where people acted, or even a place where all the senates would meet over time. It changed into a lot of different uses.

--There is a restored model of the whole building and surroundings in Rome.-- Dedicated to Pompey in 55 B.C.

The Theater of Pompey stood on the southern section of ancient Rome’s Campus Martius. As its name suggests, in the period when the Senate ruled Rome (the “Republic,” 509 B.C.– 31 B.C.), this largely empty space was the site where the Roman citizen army assembled before marching out against the city’s enemies, and its chief topographical feature did not encourage extensive construction. By the late second century B.C. some buildings were already beginning to go up, and after Pompey, constructed his massive theater, in 55 B.C., the whole area developed rapidly. By the early second century A.D., private citizens and the emperors had filled the entire zone with elegant public and private buildings.

--The acting area is 510 feet in diameter, with a stage 300 feet wide and 60 feet deep. Seated about 40,000 spectators.--Behind the stage are is the Portico of Pompeius which is 600 feet by 450 feet.


This building should be perserved due to the fact which it was the first great architectual achievement for the Romans. Also because a living legend "Julius Caesar" was assassinated in this very building.


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