Miletus - Bouleuterion

Rectangular building complex, located on a rocky hill on the east side of the "sacred way" that linked the North and South Agorae of the city. It was built in the first half of the 2nd century BC.

The complex had a tripartite plan comprising a Propylon, a rectangular open-air forecourt and the auditorium proper. A triple door opening led through the Propylon to the forecourt which was surrounded by a doric colonnade. During the Roman period a monument dedicated to a hero was erected in the middle. The auditorium was a two-storey tall edifice, occupying the western side of the forecourt. Four entrances led from the forecourt to the semicircular amphitheatre with 19 rows of stone seats divided in three by stairways. Two more entrances on the west side behind the highest tier served the back seats through stairways. A gabled wooden roof, supported on four robust ionic columns, covered the auditorium, which received daylight through a series of windows. The whole complex was lavishly adorned with fine architectural and sculptural decoration. A second phase of construction dates from the 2nd century BC.

Inscriptions found near in the area, trace the establishment of the building to Antiochos Epifanes the 4th, king of Syria during the years 175-164 BC, and help in identifying the building as a bouleuterion.

3D photorealistic reconstruction of the Bouleuterion of Miletus

Propylon Auditorium
Propylon Auditorium
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