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Theaters of the Ancient Greek World

This map of the Mediterranean region marks the archaeological sites of select ancient Greek theaters.

Theaters were constructed in most ancient Greek cities, not only on the mainland and islands of Greece but also in the colonies of Magna Graecia (southern Italy and Sicily), Asia Minor (present-day Turkey), Cyprus, and North Africa.

An important feature of sanctuaries and sacred precincts of Dionysos, the theater provided a place where the god himself could be present at the ceremonies held in his honor. For audiences—which included citizens, metics (foreign residents), and probably women—it was a locus for religion, entertainment, and civic reflection.

All photographs by H. R. Goette unless otherwise noted.

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