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Spread all over the empire there were more than 200 large and countless small amphitheatres, of which almost half are situated in Italy.

Below you will find an extensive list of the most important amphitheatres. We were giving priority to those amphitheatres of which the remains are still visible. The list is based on Hönle and Henze (1981) and Golvin and Landes (1990). Not included in the list are the combitheatres that were used for varying purposes.

Albenga (northern Italy), 3rd century. Arena: 70 by 50m
Albano Laziale (central Italy) ca 200. Arena: 67 by 45m
Ancona (NE Italy), ca 120, outer rim: 111 by 97m
Arezzo (central Italy), ca 100, outer: 121 by 92m, arena: 72 by 43m
Arles (S France), ca 80, outer: 136 by 107m, arena: 69 by 38m
Augst (Switzeland), ca 150, arena: 48 by 33m
Avenches (Switzerland), ca 100, outer: 115 by 87, arena: 59 by 37m
Bordeaux (France), 3rd century, arena: 69 by 46m
Budapest (Hungary), ca 150, outer: 130 by 107m
Cagliari (Sardinia), 2nd C, arena: 47 by 31m
Capua (Italy), 70-80, outer: 170 by 140m
Catania (Sicily), ca 240. Length arena 51m
Carthage (Tunesia), 1st and 2nd C, outer: 156 by 128m, arena: 66 by 36m
El Djem (Tunesia), ca 230. outer: 149 by 124m, length arena: 65m
Cimiez (France), 1st quarter 3rd C, outer 65 by 54m, arena: 45 by 34m
Frascati (central Italy), ca 150, outer : 80 by 53m, arena : 47 by 29m
Fréjus (S France), ca 100, outer: 114 by 82m, arena: 68 by 39m
Grotte di Nocera Superiore (S Italy), 150-200, outer: 125 by 102m
Italica (Spain), ca 90, arena: 71 by 46m
Leptis Magna (Libia), ca 60, outer 100 by 80m
Lecce (S Italy), 1st C, outer: 102 by 83m, arena: 51 by 38m
Limoges (France), early 2nd C, outer: 138 by 116m
Lucera (S Italy), ca 100, outer: 133 by 99m, arena: 75 by 46m
Lyon (France), 19 BC - 80AD, outer: 140 by 117m, arena: 64 by 41m
Merida (Spain), 8 BC, outer: 126 by 102m, arena: 64 by 41m
Milan (Italy), ca 80, outer: 155 by 125m
Nîmes (France), ca 80, outer: 132 by 101m, arena: 69 by 38m
Paestum (Italy), 0-50 AD, outer: 100 by 65m
Périgueux (France), 0-25 AD, arena : 65 by 40m
Petronel/Carnuntum (Austria), ca 130, arena : 68 by 50m
Pompeji (Italy), ca 80 BC, outer: 135 by 104m
Pozzuoli/Puteoli (Italy), 75-100 BC, outer: 130 by 95m
Pozuloli/Puteoli (Italy), ca 80, outer: 149 by 116m, arena: 75 by 42m
Pula (Croatia), 80-100, outer: 132 by 105m, arena: 68 by 42m
Rimini (Italy), 75-100, outer: 118 by 88m, arena: 74 by 44m
Rome (Italy), 70-80, outer: 188 by 156m, arena: 80 bu 54m
Saintes (France), ca 60, outer: 126 by 102m, arena: 64 by 40m
Split (Kroatia), ca 200, outer: 110 by 125m, arena: 64 by 39m
Sutri (Italy), 53 BC, outer: 55 by 45m
Syracuse (Sicily), early 3rd C, outer: 141 by 118m, arena: 69 by 39m
Tarragona (Spain), 80, Arena: 62 by 67m
Trier (Germany), ca 100, outer: 140 by 120m
Verona (Italy), 70 - 80, outer: 152 by 103m, arena: 74 by 44m
Windish (Switzerland), ca 300. Outer: 112 by 98m
Xanten (Germany), ca 100, outer: 100 by 87m

Did you know?

The name amphitheatres means "having seats on all sides". This word, however, does not occur before the Augustan era, and was at first applied to the circus too.


Roman Amphitheaters - Related Topic: Aediles


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