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Theater Cavea 1
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Looking northwest into the cavea of the theater at Assos.  Note the wedge shaped seating areas (cunei) and the stairs that divide them.  Above the center of the image the undulating unexcavated seating area is clearly visible.  The undulating pattern is possibly due to an earthquake.

In the lower left of the image, barely visible, is part of the foundation of the Roman stage area (skene).   The green semi-circle is the orchestra area.

On the right side of the image, in the shadows, note the upright slabs.  These were put into the theater at a later stage when gladiatorial and animal fights took place in the "orchestra" area.  The slabs helped protect the audience.