Mieza’s ancient theater
Of particular importance is also the discovery and excavation of the ancient theater. The ancient theater was located in Belovina of Copanos in 1992, during the drilling operations of an underground irrigation system. An excavation followed (1993-1995), during which most of it came to light and, several years later, in 2007 and 2008, maintenance and rehabilitation works took place, which resumed in 2011 and continue until today.
The initial excavation and the work that followed revealed a large theater, considered among the largest in Northern Greece, constructed mainly with secondhand material. The monument is situated on the slope of a low hill overlooking the plains, with an eastern orientation, and stands out because of its carvings which are a peculiar combination of Greek and Roman theater. This particularity is significantly enhanced by the mingling of construction, typological and morphological features that characterize both Hellenistic and Roman theaters.
According to the excavators, the monument has three construction phases ranging from the Hellenistic to the Late Roman period. The original theater was probably greater than the late Hellenistic-early Roman theater of the middle of the 2nd century BC, which may be associated with the historical circumstances of the time, namely the fall of the importance of the city of Mieza in Roman times. The next important moment for the monument was the destruction of the 2nd century AD, which was caused by a violent event, possibly an earthquake, and its subsequent rough repair of the retaining walls and of the building of the stage. Based on coins findings and ceramics, the theater seems to continue to operate until the 4th century AD.
(Source: B. S. Dimitriadis, Copanos of the Municipality of Naoussa: Tracing the past. History and Culture Chronicles of the prefecture of Imathia, Vol. 22, January-April 2014)