The Large Theatre

3d model and reconstruction

The Large Theatre

All visitors who over the past two centuries have walked through the archaeological area in Pompeii, have tried at least once to imagine what the town must have looked like before it was wiped out by the fury of the volcano. It may be exactly the relative integrity of the urban texture (greater than in other sites), that encourages a wish to get to know the town’s original appearance.

The intent of Altair 4 is to offer modern visitors a detailed reconstruction and at the same time a scientifically rigorous account of the city of Pompeii, as it might have looked twenty centuries ago. All reconstructed monuments have been studied and reproduced in 3D based on scientific work following the most updated archaeological studies or even drawings of the time, as well as based on maps, photos, aerial views, modern survey techniques or laser scanning.

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Short history of

The Large Theatre

The Large Theatre in Pompeii was built during the Sannitic age, but restored several times later on; especially during the age of Augustus the monument was radically restored, probably around the year 2 or 3 B.C., thanks to funding from one of the most powerful families in the town, gens Holconia.

The typology is similar to Hellenistic theatres, with a horseshoe shape and flights of steps along a natural slope. The cavea could host about 5000 spectators. The stage was built to imitate the facade of a princely mansion, with two storeys, three entrances and many statues as decortation.

Inside it comedies, mime and pantomime shows took place.