The theatre in Priene: The Theatre is a 4 or 3C BC building and one of the finest extant theatres of the Hellenistic time. Although it was rebuilt in the Roman period, it still remains as typically Hellenistic as the city of Priene itself. The theatre was carved into the hillside and held a capacity of 5,000 people. Five marble seats with arms were provided for priests and dignitaries. In the middle of the prohedria there was an altar which was sacred to Dionysus. Performances used to start with sacrificial rites. The proskene is well-preserved and consists of a colonnade supported with 12 Doric half-columns. The skene had an upper floor which no longer stands.