Located on the city of Aphrodisias north side and dated to the first half of the century CE, the Aprodisias stadium is probably one of the best preserved structures of its kind in the Mediterranean. The stadium’s two ends are semi-circular ellipses, and its seating area (cavae) could hold 30,000 spectators. The stadium was used for athletic events until the theatre was badly damaged by a 7th century earthquake, requiring part of the stadium to be converted for events previously staged in the theatre.
The stadium measures approximately 270 m (890 ft) by 60 m (200 ft). The track measures approximately 225 m (738 ft) by 30 m (98 ft).
At both ends of the structure is a tunnel used by the athletes and called sphendonai: each have a relief on their arch’s keystone. The west tunnels relief depicts Hermes whilst the east’s depicts Hercules.
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