Theatres, Hippodromes, Amphitheatres, and Performances

Zeev Weiss

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Theatres, Hippodromes, Amphitheatres, and Performances

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This article discusses the various buildings of public spectacles and competitions in Roman Palestine, including theatres and amphitheatres. It first considers the current state of research and the possible objectives for future study. It then shows how these structures were distributed and financed and where they were most likely located. It examines architecture and performances in theatres, which were first built by Herod in Jericho, Jerusalem, and Caesarea. The discussion then shifts to the hippodromes and stadiums, which served as multipurpose structures for athletic contests and chariot races, and the amphitheatres and its gladiatorial combats. Finally, the article studies the attitudes of Jewish society towards these Roman public spectacles in ancient Palestine.

Keywords: public spectacles; competitions; performances; hippodromes; stadiums; theatres; amphitheatres; Jewish attitudes

Article.  7111 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical History

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