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Bulla Regia

Bulla Regia

1. Underground palace

2. Humbler mansions

3. House of Amphitrite

4. Memmian baths

5. Toilets, fresh air and water

6. The theatre

7. The Forum


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The theatre
Bulla Regia, Tunisia

The theatre at Bulla Regia is quite small but still in fine condition. The upper rows of seats are gone, as are most of the columns and walls of the stage. But it does transmit a nice image of what the spectacles were here almost 2000 years ago.
Or perhaps not! Bulla Regia was infamous for its loose ways and free attitudes to sexuality. And the theatre was one of the central scenes for this. At the end of the 4th century, Augustine draws lines between the theatre and immoral women.

Among the reasons for seeing the theatre is that you can enter it through its original galleries, structures usually gone from Tunisia's Roman theatres (photo above, right).

Bulla Regia, Tunisia

By Tore Kjeilen