DECORATION AND RENOVATION
The recent Turkish excavations of the theater uncovered architectural
fragments and sculptural decorations that once adorned the stage building.
The façade of the building, which formed a backdrop to the performances,
probably had three stories of columns arranged around niches containing
statues. Cornices and friezes ornamented with bulls’ heads and theater
masks further enriched the visual effect and mirrored some of the decorations
of the City Gate and Imperial Cult Sanctuary.
An inscription on an arch next to the theater claims that Marcus Valerius
Diogenes, the first governor of the province of Pisidia, expanded the
theater in the early 4th century AD. An early Christian peacock mosaic
discovered in the stage building suggests that part of the theater had
been converted into a church in its last period of use.