amphitheater

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amphitheater

(am″fĭ-thē′ă-tĕr) [ amphi- + theater]
An auditorium with tiers of seats around it for students and other observers.
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There it is, placed in terraces upon seven hills, in a wonderful, harmonius sequence stretching from the dark groves of cypresses and the blueish waters of the foreground of the panorama, clear and visible even in the smallest details, to the mountains and their veils of fog in the background of the painting, each detail on its own and yet harmoniously integrated into the whole, from the wavering tops of the trees, from the lush green of the gardens to the amphitheatrical rows of houses and the skyscraping minarets, a city as built by ghosts, a location as chosen by a messenger from Paradise.
With its circular triple-tiered structure, amphitheatrical appearance, and hierarchical deployment of the three classical orders, the obvious antique model was the Colosseum in Rome.
Schnapp, a cultural historian and professor of comparative and Italian literatures at Stanford University, draws on a wealth of never before published or translated archival sources to describe Ciocca's visionary ball-bearing factory in Soviet Russia, his roadways that facilitated the Agnelli's expanding FIAT automobile industry, his blueprints for Mussolini's "Third Rome" or EUR (Esposizione Universale Romana), his free standing "fast houses," and the amazing 1937 amphitheatrical space for 20,000 public spectators.