Excavating Hippos and the Last Roman Theater in the World

Posted On June 28, 2021
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Perched on a small plateau, the townspeople of Hippos had a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee hundreds of meters below. Not that they could see if from the recently identified Roman theater built down the hillside. Oddly enough, the seating was oriented toward the setting sun, the archaeologists excavating the site have deduced.

Hippos has a highly unusual Roman theater in the sense that the auditorium was oriented to the southwest, avers Dr. Michael Eisenberg of the Hippos Excavations Project, which is affiliated to the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. He has been co-leading the city’s excavation since 2000, in recent years with co-director Dr. Arleta Kowalewska.

Hippos is part of the Sussita National Park that is managed by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. The hilltop city connects with the environs only via a narrow “saddle” ridge.

For more information: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-excavating-hippos-and-the-last-roman-theater-in-the-world-1.9799525