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View of the small theater (odeum) at the Herodium. This picture was taken from the stage (skene) area of the theater. The semi-circular orchestra area is in the lower portion of the image.
In the center of the image, the semicircular rows of seating (cavea) are visible. A total of thirteen rows of stone seats accommodated an audience of about three hundred.
Above the cavea is a modern building with three large windows. This building protects the well-preserved remnants of the Royal Reception Hall. This was a two-story structure that overlooked the theater. The Royal Box was decorated with stucco reliefs and colorful wall paintings.
The theater and room were probably redecorated in anticipation of the visit of Marcus Agrippa, Augustus's right-hand man, in 15 or 14 BC.