Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A stadium (?)

Campbell in his report in the AJA of the 1935-36 season of the Princeton dig makes note:

"The site where the theatre of Antioch was believed to be located was thoroughly explored by an extensive excavation which revealed a rebuilt structure of the Byzantine period (possibly fifth century, but more likely sixth, after the earthquake of 526 A.D.). It had an arena, podium and cavea, but there was no stage building. The structure has been provisionally identified as a stadium".

He debunks the idea that this was a theatre and cites this error to the Guide Bleu.

However, he does not elaborate where this structure (the stadium) is. There was a so-called Byzantine Stadium found on the Island, but it did not have nearly as much complexity as the building Campbell describes.

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