Theatre of Marcellus, Rome

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    Teatro Marcello

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    Just to the left, seen from the Capitolium, the Teatro Marcello is located. The first thing I thought about when I saw it was Colloseum, which is natural since this theater was the model for the much more famous building.
    Teatro Marcello was built on the orders of Julius Caesar, and is the only remaining theater of it's kind from the ancient Rome.
    Caesar wanted this theatre to be built, to draw attention away from the theaters in Pompeii, whom he wasn't best friend with.
    It was Augustus who made the building, and he then named it after his daughter's husband, Marcello who tragedly died, only 19 years old.

    I would say it's a very impressive monument, at the side of it you can clearly see it has been re-built later on, but most of the theater is still in original shape. On the side of it there are still excavations made.
    On one of the photos you can see three columns, who are a piece of Apollon's temple. In there the romans put a lot of the art treasure that they had taken from the greeks in the 100s BC.

    Teatro Marcello could hold up to 20 000 spectators, where the senators always had their own seats on the first row.

    It's mostly spectacular in the evening, when lamps light up the whole building. As far as I could understand it's not impossible to enter, or even look inside. But also only the outside of it is very impressive as you can see on the photos.

    Teatro Marcello by night Teatro Marcello in daylight And the Columns beside the theatre from Apollons temple Excavations around the corner from the Teatro
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    temple of apollo

    by doug48 Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    next to the theater of marcellus is the ruins of the temple of apollo. all that remains of the temple are three corinthian columns. it was an art gallery in ancient roman times that housed greek artifacts.

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    Lesser known ruins?

    by unigirl Written Jun 17, 2005

    I found this place while walking along...somewhere....I don't know, I was lost! It was such a beautiful spot and much more dense than the Roman forum ruins. Everything here felt more compact and it was like I was walking among ruin "highrises".

    No, it's not the Coloseum!!

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    Teatro di Marcello

    by Julius_Caesar Written Feb 2, 2005

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    The theatre of Marcellus was built by the Emperor Augustus, who dedicated to his beloved son in law, Marcellus, who had died aged 19 in 23 B.C. In the 16th century the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi built a great palace on the theatre ruins of the Orsini family, includine a garden facing the Tiber.

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    Temple of Apollo Sosianus

    by Julius_Caesar Written Feb 1, 2005

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    In Rome, to see beautiful, ancient ruins you don’t have to visit necessarily the Forums. Here and there you can see several remains of temples, columns and other buildings. These three columns, for example, are located in front of the theatre of Marcellus, and belong to the temple of Apollo Sosianus, called like this because Caius Sosius, who sided with Marc Anthony during the civil war, after the rise to power of Octavianus (later on Augustus) restored an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo in order to win the favor of his successful enemy. All around the temple you can see on the ground beautiful, coloured marble pieces of columns.

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    The Temple of Apollo Sosianus

    by martin_nl Updated Jun 2, 2003

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    Following the plague epidemic in 431BC a temple was dedicated to Apollo the Healer on the site of an earlier shrine to the same deity. It was repaired and refurbished on many occasions, but wholly rebuilt in 34BC by Caius Sosius. The new temple was richly decorated and had a marble floor.

    The Temples of Apollo Sosanius and Bellona
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    The Theatre of Marcellus

    by martin_nl Updated Jun 2, 2003

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    The walls of this theatre were the fundaments for many Roman buildings. Its tarted when Emperor Augustus built a theatre for his nephew and son-in-law, who died in 23BC when he was 19. During the Middle Ages the theatre was in the posession of the Savelli family. In the 16th century Baldassare Peruzzi built a big palace here for the family Orsini with gardens that overlooked the Tiber.

    The Theatre of Marcellus on the right side
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    theater of marcellus

    by doug48 Written Jul 25, 2006

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    the theater of marcellus is a vast amphitheater located on the banks of the tiber. it was built by emperor augustus who dedicated the building to his nephew marcellus who died at age 19 in 23BC.

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    Teatro Marcello

    by Polly74 Written May 19, 2004

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    This splendid monument worth a visit.
    During '500, architect Baldassarre Peruzzi builded up a palace using two floors of arches that remained from the theatre of the 1st century a.C.

    Teatro di Marcello

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    The Portico of Octavia

    by martin_nl Updated Jun 2, 2003

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    This portico is all that rests of the Circus Flaminius square. Octavia is Augustus' sister, who left Marcus Antonius.

    The Portico of Octavia
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