I was wondering the other day whether there were any Ancient Greek theatres that weren't built on the side of a hill. Normally we associate them with having a curved, raised seating area. The purposes are threefold, so far as I can tell:
- Auditory - people at the back need to hear the actors and chorus clearly.
- Visual - people at the back need to see the actors and chorus clearly.
- Beauty - somewhat more vague; the seating channels the surrounding beauty of the location so people don't miss it. (Standing on a hill, for example, gives a wide panorama of beautiful things to see. Delphi is particularly beautiful to stand at the top of. That sort of idea.)
Now I know that Greece is a very mountainous place, but there were Greek speaking peoples spread all around the Mediterranean. There must presumably have been places they settled in that were not mountainous or hilly. So my question is - did the Greeks ever build a theatre where they provided the 'lift' (i.e. Instead of building on a hill, they built their own structure), or did they develop a theatre which didn't rely on this elevation, and therefore is a completely different design?