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Large Roman Theater Unearthed at Dig in Northern Israel

general view of the recently uncovered Roman theater at Hippos Sussita archaeological site. General view of the recently uncovered Roman theater at Hippos Sussita archaeological site (Photo: Haifa University/ASHERNET)

During an excavation at Sussita in the Golan Heights region of Israel, researchers found an ancient community theater. This archaeological site was once a prominent Roman city with the same name, and researchers believe religious ceremonies were held at the theater.

A large Roman theater has been discovered at an archaeological excavation run by the University of Haifa at Sussita (Hippos) on the Golan Heights. The theater is located outside the walls of the ancient city, leading researchers to believe it was mainly used for religious rites rather than as an entertainment venue…

According to Eisenberg [researcher at the University of Haifa], no self-respecting Roman city of the time would have been complete without a theater, but until now the site of the Sussita theater remained elusive…

After several days of excavations, two findings were unearthed that prove almost beyond doubt that researchers had found the remains of the theater: a passageway limited by a semicircular wall built of basalt ashlars that served as a divide between the lower and upper blocks of seats, and one of the vaulted corridors that crossed the seating area, allowing the audience to reach their blocks of seats (the vomitorium).

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