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A’ Ancient Theater of Larissa is one of the most important and largest in Greece. Located on the south side of the hill of Frourio, just below the ancient citadel, which is geared towards today’s central square was once the ancient market town. It was built in the 3rd century BC at the time of the king of Macedonia, Antigonus Gonatas, when Thessaly had already become part of the kingdom of Macedonia, after the death of Alexander the Great. The capacity is estimated close to 10,000 people, the theater was active until the 3rd century AD. The excavation of the A’ ancient theater in Larissa made in recent years and demonstrated that it is a very important monument of ancient Greece.
In antiquity met in this Agora and the famous Common Thessalians during which they discussed issues related geographically – seropositive issues, foreign policy, religion and defensively. On the benches, the names of the ambassadors cities – Member of Thessaly.
The main theatre or koilon (auditorium) is divided by ten radiating ascending stairways into eleven sectors, each one comprising of twenty-five tiers of marble seats, the lowest row of seats in the koilon serving as the benches of honour. The ambulatory, a 2 meter wide, marble paved corridor, facilitated the movement of the audience, dividing the auditorium in two parts, the main theatre and the epitheatre. The orchestra of the theatre, with a diameter of 25,50 m., is surrounded by a perfectly preserved gutter for carrying off rainwater. The retaining walls of the parodoi delineated the theatre entrances and held back the huge embankment deposits of the koilon. They are built of white marble blocks. The scene is the best preserved part of the monument. Built of limestone, it consists of ground and upper floor, is 37,50m long and preserved at a height of 3m. The two middle rooms, which communicate through a common corridor approached from the central door of the scene, would have most probably served as dressing rooms. The two lateral ones, lying at the east and west extremities of the scene, approached from the south side had, in all probability, been functioning as apparatus storerooms. (info Municipality of Larisa)