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Roman Theatre of Malaga



C/ Alcazabilla, s/n, 29015 Málaga, Espanha
Malaga, Spain


The theater in Malaga is the most notable relic of the ancient city. It is a fun and political structure that is perfect for staging social hierarchy and displays of power. It was constructed in a variety of ways since it was built close to the port and at the base of the hill. It makes use of a portion of the slope and builds an artificial harrow to make room for bleachers. Its dimensions and traits are quite comparable to those Vitrubio, a traditional model that is very similar to those Betica, suggested.

Augustus constructed it, and it served as a theater up to the third century. In the fifth and sixth centuries, it served as a cemetery. Later, the Alcazaba was rebuilt using the materials from the cemetery. The theater was found in 1951 after being concealed for a century, adding to Malaga’s cultural offerings.

Malaga was taken over by the Romans from the Carthaginians in 218 B.C. during the second Punic war. In the first century AD, under the reign of Julius Caesar Augustus, the theater was constructed. Malacca received the Lex Flavia Malacitana from Vespasian, making the city a municipality under Latin law. They constructed a whole vast metropolis that drew on the influences afforded by its closeness to the sea, taking use of the urban physiognomy and its culture, and gradually transformed it into the likeness and image of the Romans. Buildings housing public areas, including restrooms, offices, and entertainment venues, were constructed.


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