Archaeologists unearth ancient theatre of Thouria, in Messinia

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Greek archaeologists have unearthed a major part of the ancient theatre of Thouria at the outskirts of Kalamata city in southern Greece, the country’s Culture Ministry announced on Thursday.

Archaeologists unearth ancient theatre of Thouria, in Messinia
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

The first remains of the theatre of the ancient city, which dates back to the 4th century BC, came to light during excavations in the summer of 2016.

Archaeologists unearth ancient theatre of Thouria, in Messinia
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

During this summer’s excavations, archaeologists revealed the perimeter of the theatre’s orchestra and several rows of stone seats in excellent condition, according to an e-mailed ministry press release.

Archaeologists unearth ancient theatre of Thouria, in Messinia
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

The site, which has come to light so far, is 51.25 metres long and 22.8 metres wide, according to the release.

Archaeologists unearth ancient theatre of Thouria, in Messinia
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

The excavation of ancient Thouria started 10 years ago. The site has been identified by epigraphic finds that mention the name of the ancient city, and references made by ancient Greek geographers Pausanias and Strabo.

Archaeologists unearth ancient theatre of Thouria, in Messinia
Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

Thouria’s theatre is oriented to the west, overlooking the vast fertile plain of Messinia, known in the antiquity as ‘Makaria’ (Blessed), and in the distance, to the southwest, the sea of the Messinian Gulf, which in the ancient times was called “Thouriates” (that belonged to Thouria), Greek archaeologists explained.

Source: Kathimerini [October 20, 2017]

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