Die Architektur der "Scaenae frons" des Theaters in Perge
The scaenae frons in the theatre of the ancient city of Perge is one of the few stage façades in Asia Minor for which it is possible to make a confident reconstruction of its sequencing and the technical and artistic details of its construction. It was uncovered between 1986 and 1992 by Turkish researchers. Öztürk presents a stone-by-stone reconstruction by placing each of the 2,000 structural elements, and shows that the Severan stage front was three storeys high with an apron stage, the proscenium. The scaenae frons is however not the result of a uniform plan, but was built in two main phases. The architecture of the stage façade is a particularly graphic example of how as late as the 3rd century AD many older Hellenistic and Early Imperial architectural concepts persisted and continued to be imaginatively modified and combined in new ways to develop worthy public buildings.