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Piazza Arringo, 28 - 63100 Ascoli Piceno
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Piazza Arringo, 28 - 63100 Ascoli Piceno

Public buildings

There are numerous monuments and building that were built during the Augustan period whose remains are still visible today. Some of them have different aspect and function, such as the two temples that were turned into the Christian churches of Saint Venantius and Saint Gregory. Others kept being used until today, such as the Bridge of the Solestà Door while others have been abandoned, then restored to start a new life, such as the theatre, which nowadays houses summer shows.   
The theatre of Ascoli has a cavea (the space for the audience) that leans on the hill behind; an orchestra (a space that was almost semicircular and it was used for movements and dances of the choir); and a stage building (what we would call stage today) whose only a small part exists today.   Travertine blocks displayed are some of the cavea seats, and have carved names of specific “subscribers”.


Seats of the Roman theatre

Ascoli Piceno – Roman theatre
Travertine – 1st century AD

The three slabs were used as seats for the audience; the names of the audience members is written on them. They certainly were wealthy people of the city that could book a permanent seat to enjoy the shows. The incomplete names of two women are written on one seat; the number of the place is written under the second seat (25). The name of a woman and the one of a man are written respectively on the rim of the other two seats. The presence of the feminine names may suggests a phase of a certain degree of freedom in choosing seats, which was a long-lasting custom in Ascoli. Indeed, after the Augustan reorganisation led by the law Lex Iulia Theatralis, female audience members were confined to the highest part of the cavea, strictly divided from the rest. Even if they are peculiar, objects like this one have been found also in other cities, and tell us about daily, recreational activities of city life.

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