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Archæology in Greece1

    Naturevolume 120pages2728 (1927) | Download Citation



    IF this issue of the “Annual of the British School at Athens” sessions, it is nevertheless true to its pre-War tradition both in the interest of its contents and the dignity of its appearance. First in importance must be placed the report of the excavations of two seasons, 1924 and 1925, at Sparta. In both years the main work was concentrated on the site of the theatre, where considerable portions of the stage and orchestra have been cleared and trials made in the cavea. This section of the work is described by the Director of the School, Mr. A. M. Woodward: the most interesting part of his description is that which deals with the scenae frons and the difficult problems connected with it. He shows that the cavea is a Roman construction, probably of Augustan age, doubtless on the site of an earlier and much smaller theatre. The evidence for the date of the stage-buildings is less clear, for remains of several periods exist, the earliest of which may possibly be earlier than Augustus. The inscriptions from this site, fully published here by Mr, Woodward, are both long and important, for the marble facing-blocks of the east parodos-wall of the theatre at its west end literally formed a single inscribed monument.

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