The Theatre of Pompey was one of the most massive constructions of the Campus Martius. Here the façade as well as the structure sustaining the temple of Venus.
Bird’s eye view
of the interior of the theatre. It’s in 55 BC that Pompey had this theatre erected,
which took his name. It was the greatest and none thereafter could equal it.
On the synthetic picture, you can see the great stairs that lead to the temple of Venus,
as well as the stage, composed of stacked rows of arcades
Actually, to escape to the censors who forbid this kind of entertainment, the formula of the theatre-temple allowed to get round the prohibition by including a temple.
The theatre of Pompey had also splendid arcades and gardens. By the end of this enclosure was Pompey’s CURIA.
This bird’s eye view onto the porticoes of the theatre of Pompey shows well the whole of the four temples that formed the sacred area
as well as Pompey’s Curia in the centre of the picture. These four temples
are identified from left to right on the picture by the letters A, B, C, D,
as one cannot determine their exact identity. The round temple is the B temple.
Here are the four temples in a front view.
Pompey’s Curia. It’s at this place that Julius Cæsar
assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC.