Theater of Marcellus (crs)
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The Teatro di Marcello is an ancient open-air theater built in the closing years of the Roman Republic. It was a venue for dramatic and musical performances. It was named after Marcus Marcellus, Emperor Augustus's nephew. Space for the theater was cleared by Julius Caesar, who was murdered before construction started. In 17 BC part of the celebration of the secular games took place within the theater. It was completed in 13 BC and formally inaugurated in 12 BC by Augustus with a capacity of 11,000 spectators. In the Early Middle Ages the Teatro di Marcello was used as a fortress by the Fabii family and at the end of the 11th century, by Pier Leoni and later his heirs (the Pierleoni). The Savelli held it in the 13th century. Later, in the 16th century, it became the residence of the Orsini. Now the upper portion is divided into multiple apartments.
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