Taormina’s Ancient Amphitheater and the G7

Taormina’s Ancient Theater, or Teatro Antico, is the inspiration for the logo of the 2017 meeting of the G7, happening now in Sicily. To give you some background, and put things into perspective (We are here for so little time.), the theater was built in phases, starting in the 3rd century BC by the Greek inhabitants of Mount Tauro, who added to the structure significantly in the 2nd century AD. The Romans then added their ingenuity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, transforming it from a auditorium for dramatic theater to an amphitheater for grand spectacles. From this photo, you can see the different construction styles. Taormina’s amphitheater is the second largest ancient theater in Sicily after Siracusa.

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