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Theatre of Halassarna

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The theatre of Halasarna is located on the site of Agia Theotis in Kardamaina, Kos Municipality. It was built in the Hellenistic period and forms part of the architectural complex of the Sanctuary of Apollo. It belongs to the category of periurban Hellenistic theatres.

It was excavated by the Italian Archaeological Mission to the Dodecanese in 1928. According to the excavation report, the cavea is set on the natural earth, and three cunei and six rows of turf seats, forming three-fourths of the whole, are preserved. Of the stage building, only the long, low platform (pulpitum) of the Roman period survives. The monument is located in an designated non-built-up archaeological zone, but no part of the theatre is visible today.

Dimitris Bosnakis
Archaeologist

Elpida Skerlou
Archaeologist

Eleni – Anna Chlepa
Architect – Restorer

Monument Name

Theatre of Halasarna/Kardamaina

 

Category

Theatre

Brief Description

The theater is part of the architectural complex of the Sanctuary of Apollo. It is categorized as a periurban Hellenistic theater. According to the excavation report, the cavea is set on the natural earth, it is divided into three tiers and has preserved six rows of turf seats, forming three quarters of the whole. Only the Roman-period pulpitum survives in the stage building.

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Documentation - Bibliography
  1. H. Kantzia, The sanctuary of Apollo in Halassarna, Kos island. The chronicle of a disaster, AD 39a, 1984 (1991) 140-162.
  2. G. Kokkorou-Alevra, S. Kalopisti-Verti, M. Panagiotidi, Excavation in Kardamaina (Ancient Halassarna) of Kos island, vol. V, 1995, 141-163.
  3. H.P. Isler, Cos is. Kardamaina, Teatri Greci e Romani (Paola Ciancio Rossetto, Giuseppina Pisani Sartorio, ed), Roma 1995, 150.
Location

Agia Theotis-Kardamaina site, Kos Municipality, Prefecture of the Dodecanese islands.

Dating

Hellenistic period.

 

 

General Description of Monument

The theater is part of the architectural complex of the Sanctuary of Apollo. It is categorized as a periurban Hellenistic theater. According to the excavation report, the cavea is set on the natural earth, it is divided into three tiers and has preserved six rows of turf seats, forming three quarters of the whole. Only the Roman-period pulpitum survives in the stage building.

Current Situation

No part of the theater is visible today.

Excavations - Interventions

Excavated by the Italian Archaeological Mission to the Dodecanese (Laurenzi) in 1928.

 

 

Permitted Uses

None.

History of Modern Uses

Additional Information

There is no public access to the monument. The monument is located in a designated non-built-up archaeological zone. It belongs to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture/ 22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities responsible for the Prefecture of the Dodecanese, and lies on private land.

Jurisdiction

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

Latitude

36.779356°

Longitude

27.137614°

Altitude
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