A Roman theater was recently identified at Hippos, a Roman city-state on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. The theater was built south of the hilltop, along the saddle of the mountain, and oddly faced the setting sun, not the spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee below. It is part of a compound that may have been a sanctuary to Dionysus, built in the second century. Archaeologists have identified the theater’s stage and the half-circle of the orchestra. Excavations have revealed that the stage was decorated with ornate granite and marble columns, and the excavators estimate it may have had seating for 3500 people. They hope to expose the actual seats and statues that would have graced the theater in future digs.
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