Roman Walls

This rough composite wall is packed with texture. It separates the odeon (the small theatre) from the large central open space of the Roman Agora in the middle of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. It contains a small re-used gritty and scored millstone, smooth green, black and purple schist slabs, rough orange tile and brick set in a strong conglomerate of concrete mixed with small stones and terracotta pieces. The wall is typical of Roman construction.

Elaborate arched ways held up the raised semi-circular tiers of seats.

The odeon, as part of the agora, was originally constructed in the 1st century A.D. and was in use for another 300 years as a meeting hall, a theatre or to showcase games.

These walls would have been faced with polished marble or some other smooth decorative stone, subsequently looted and lost. What is left exposed are the textured sub-structure walls.

Textures: The Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Callenge

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10 comments

  1. How wonderful to share such ancient walls. When travelling abroad, I love touching old walls and doors of building build eons ago. Can almost feel the history.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • Hi Mandy, I love ancient walls. It is wonderful to touch them (if possible). Respecting local regulations, it is often forbidden to touch artefacts within the confines of an archaeological site. They are still beautiful and can be appreciated with the eye!

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