Photo 1. Theater Complex of Pompey, Rome. Dedicated in 55 BCE. Provisional reconstruction by James. E. Packer and John Burge
Photo 2. Reconstructed view of the interior of the cavea (after Canina) of the Theater of Pompey, Rome.
The Theater Complex of Pompey is another example of Greek Architecture influence, with sloping banks of seats in a semicircular arrangement, a ground-level orchestra area, and a raised stage for scenery, however, in other ways, it was different. The Roman architect created an artificial slope out of concrete, rising on radially disposed barrel vaults, which sustain one another for a strong structure. The curved seating cavea, was a true half-circle rather than the extended half-circle of Greek theaters.