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Travel to Italy: Classical Rome 2: the Palatine: Photo 24

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Rising to the Capitoline, the Theater of Marcellus, completed by Augustus and named for his nephew. The rising sequence of orders is Doric and Ionic; a top tier, if consistent with the sequence in the Colosseum, would have been Corinthian. It has been privately owned since the 11th century, and its conversion to residential and commercial use has been deplored for a long time: Murray's Handbook of Rome (1894) complains that the theater is "disfigured by the dirty shops which occupy the lower tier of arches."

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