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Ancient Theater of Isthmus in Kefalos, Kos island

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The theater was found near the ruins of a Doric temple dedicated to Asclepius and his daughter Hygieia. The cavea is based on natural ground, divided into three tiers with probably six rows of seats each. It maintains four rows of seats and the altar of Thymele in the center of the first row. The orchestra has a diameter of 12.5 m. The stage building (3.25×8.5 m.) had an off-stage area and proscenia.

Name of monument

Ancient Theater of Isthmus in Kefalos, Kos island

Category

Theater

Brief description

The theater was found near the ruins of a Doric temple dedicated to Asclepius and his daughter Hygieia. The cavea is based on natural ground, divided into three tiers with probably six rows of seats each. It maintains four rows of seats and the altar of Thymele in the center of the first row.

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Documentation - Bibliography
  • Laurenzi, Nuovi contributi alla topografia storico archeologica di Coo, Historia v, 1931, 625-626.
  • Laurenzi, Carta archeologica di Coo, Archivio Italiano del τ.α.π.α.
  • Morricone, Scavi e ricerche a Coo (1935-1943), Relazione preliminare, bda xxxv, 1950,328-329.
  • Monica Livadiotti e Giorgio Rocco (a cura di) La presenza italiana nel Dodecaneso tra il 1912 e il 1948, Catania 1996, 171-173.
  • H.P. Isler, Cos is. Kefala, Teatri Greci e Romani (Paola Ciancio Rossetto, Giuseppina Pisani Sartorio, ed), Roma 1995, 151.
Location

Position Palatia at Kefalos, municipality of Heraklidon, prefecture of the Dodecanese

Dating

Hellenistic period (4th century BC)

General description of Monument

The theater was found near the ruins of a Doric temple dedicated to Asclepius and his daughter Hygieia. The cavea is based on natural ground, divided into three tiers with probably six rows of seats each. It maintains four rows of seats and the altar of Thymele in the center of the first row. The orchestra has a diameter of 12.5 m. The stage building (3.25×8.5 m.) had an off-stage area and proscenia.

Current situation

The state of preservation is relatively good, but is threatened by soil precipitation.

Excavations - Interventions

The stage building was excavated in 1928 (l. Laurenzi) by the Italian Archaeological Mission of the Dodecanese.

Permitted uses

None

Additional information

Access to the monument is unhindered, without any security problems. There is water supply nearby. The monument belongs to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture /  22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, which is in charge of the prefecture of the Dodecanese.

Jurisdiction

Ministry of Culture /  22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

Latitude

36.73026°

Longitude

26.956211°

Altitude
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