Theatre Baths

Directly south of the Tetrastoon and southeast of the Theatre lies a large public bath, today called the Theatre Baths. As excavated, its principal components include (from west to east): a square caldarium (hot room) with a domed roof; a large vaulted hall, probably the frigidarium (cold room); and an all-purpose basilical hall. The architectural decoration of the basilical hall includes two richly carved piers, featuring putti hunting animals in a luxuriant and brilliantly carved acanthus scroll. These relief piers are typical of the best marble craftsmanship of the mid-second century AD.


Theatre Baths plan

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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism New York University University of Oxford


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