Den bibelske byen Smyrna heiter i dag Izmir. Eg har tidlegare skrive om utgravinga av agora i Smyrna. Nå er ein i ferd med å avdekke restane etter eit romersk teater i byen. Dette kan kanskje vera staden Polykarp blei drept som martyr ca år 155?
Myndigheitene arbeider med å ekspropiera eigedomar og fjerna hus for å grava fram teateret. Det blir opplyst at staden har vore kjent frå studier i området for nærare 100 år sidan.
Demolitions reveal ancient Roman theater in Aegean town
The stage walls and entrance of a Roman-era amphitheater in İzmir’s Kadifekale neighborhood, once covered by expropriated shanty houses, have been unearthed due to the efforts of the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality.
The municipality has issued an order of expropriation on a 12,900-squaremeter area to unearth the ruins of the amphitheater. So far, 137 title deeds covering an area of 11,115 square meters have been purchased and 175 buildings have been demolished. The judicial process for the expropriation of the last 15 buildings in the area is ongoing, municipal officials noted.
Archeologists will start working in the area once the demolition is over.
The most comprehensive information about the ancient theater in Kadifekale can be obtained in the studies of Austrian architects and archaeologists Otto Berg and Otto Walter, who conducted studies in the region in 1917 and 1918, from their plans and drawings.
The remains of the theater, which is thought to have held a capacity of 16,000 people, has characteristics of the Roman era according to many researchers, the study reports.
(via BiblePlaces Blog)