Quadriporticus of the Theatres (VIII,7,16-17)


A sort of foyer, this large space—porticoed on four sides—must have been quite large: it was a classic feature of Hellenic theatres codified by Vitruvius in De architectura, where the spectators of the two nearby theatres could stroll during intermissions between shows, or take shelter in case of rain. Perhaps a contemporary of the Odeon (approximately 80 BC), not until after the earthquake in 62 AD were rooms added on two floors, along the longer boundary walls. The gladiator weapons found here have suggested the hypothesis that, during the final years of the city, the building was used as barracks for the gladiators.
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