Stadium Street

   The North-South Street extending south from the western end of the Syria Street is named as the Stadium Street for it extends towards it. That this street joins the Syria Street in front of the Nymphaeum of Caracalla suggests it was also built with a Doric façade in the reign of Domitian (r. 81-96) during the proconsulship S. Iulius Frontinus in 84-85. The street is paved with large travertine blocks. It ascends southwards due to terrain; thus, the sewage coming from the civic and public buildings on both flanks were joined into the main channel extending along its axis and flowing northward. The porticoes flanking the Stadium Street are one or two steps higher from the street. Their roofs were carried with a system of columns and piers standing on a stylobate. Stadium Street was planned together with the main arteries of the city. This street communicates with the West Theatre, North (Sacred) Agora, Stadium, South Baths, Ephesus Street and Portico. Its extension toward the West Theatre was blocked in the fifth-sixth centuries terminating it at the Syria Street. The street houses multiple areas of use for the public and civic architecture – e.g. Central Baths, Nymphaeum of Caracalla, Nymphaeum B, Latrina, water tanks and shops.

      Coins uncovered on the surface of the street and porticoes indicate that it was in intensive use from the second through the first half of the seventh century AD.




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