View from site of earlier theatre across valley away from
town and theatres.
[Author's name not legible from our photocopy]
Graeco-roman theatre. Urban. Facing south-west.
It was built around the mid-1st century B.C. (late 2nd
B.C. according to Coarelli) with reconstructions dating
to the end of the 1st century. In the 4th century
B.C. the theatre structures already supported a numer
The central part of the cavea rests on a natural slope,
but at its extremities it is supported by the walls of
the analemmata. It was split up into three
maeniana. The upper one was added later,
together with the wall bounding it externally. the
steps are cut directly into the rock. There may
have been uncovered flights of steps at the ends of the
The orchestra was paved with slabs of coloured marble.
In front of the frons pulpiti there are small wells
which are thought to have been used to control the aulaeum.
The rectilinear wall of the scaena belongs to a
reconstruction. Behind the scaenae frons, the stage
building is divided into seven small rooms. There
are no parascaenia or rooms.
Outside there is a vast terrace. The analemmata
are built in opus polygonalis lower down and
in opus reticolatum higher up. The pillars
at the extremities are built in opus quadratum.
The walls of the stage building and the cavea's outer
wall are built in opus reticolatum. In the
proscaenium, there are short sections of opus
An inscription dating to the mid-1st century A.D. describing
a restoration of the scaena and other work on the
building refers to the theatre.
State of preservation:
The cavea is fairly well preserved. The plan of
the stage building can be interpreted, but only the foundations
survivie today. A number of architectural fragments
(marble Corinthian capitals) from the decoration of the
scaenae frons have been recovered.
diameter of the cavea: 77 m.
diameter of the orchestra: 20 m.
width of the stage building: 42.50 m.
depth of the stage building: 12 m.
F. DE RUYT, J. MERTENS, Le theatre, in Les fouilles
d'Alba Fucens de 1951 a 1953, Bruxelles 1955, pp.80-89.
A. NEPPI MODONA 1961, p. 110.
J. MERTENS, Alba Fucens I. Rapports et etudes,
Bruxeles 1969, pp. 76-80.
G. FORNI 1970, s.v. Teatro.
F. DE RUYT, Albe Fucens III. Sculptures d'Alba
Fucens, Bruxelles 1982, pp.145-147, 149.
F. COARELLI, A. LA REGINA, Abruzzo, Mlise, Bari
1984, pp. 87-89.
H. DEVIJVER, F. VAN WONTERGHEM, Documenti epigrafici
riguardanti l'acquedotto e il teatro di Alba Fucens: gli
interventi di due magistrati-benefattori nel I secolo
d.C., in "ZPE" 58, 1985, pp. 163-181.
C. COURTOIS, 1989, pp.133-138, 245-248.
J. MERTENS, in "JAT", I, 1991, pp.93-112.