Near Kasmil in Municipality of Sarandé, Vlorė (county), Albania
The Italian archaeologist Lulgi Maria Ugolini discovered the Theatre in 1928-30. Ugolini's greatest discovery was a line of statues - including the famous "Goddess of Butrint" in front of the stage building.
The first theatre followed the "Greek" style and would have been used by worshippers and the priests of the Sanctuary for religious ceremonies and public discussions. A late 4th-century BC inscription (located on the seating banks in the theatre) tells us the theatre construction was funded by donations to the Sanctuary. On the surrounding walls you can see numerous "manumission" inscriptions that record the free of slaves in honour of the god, Asclepius.
In the 2nd century AD the theatre was rebuilt and enlarged in the Roman style with a stage. The Roman theatre was the centerpiece of the town.
Erected by Parku Kombėtar Butrint and Albanian American Development Foundation.
Location. 39° 44.725′ N, 20° 1.221′ E. Marker is near Kasmil, Vlorė (county) Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kasmil, Vlorė (county) 9706, Albania.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sanctuary of Asclepius (a few steps from this marker); The Expansion of Butrint (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Origins (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roman Forum (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Venetians at Butrint (about 150 meters away); Roman Town Planning (about 150 meters away); The Changing Settlement (about 180 meters away); The Baptistery and its mosaic pavements (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kasmil.
More about this marker. The marker is located in Butrint National Park, just north of the ferry on route SH81.
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