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These are the remains of the ancient theater at Miletus. By the tenth century BC, Miletus was already renowned for its huge population and wealth. An ancient Greek-style theater stood on this location for at least a thousand years before it was remodeled into this mixed Roman-style and Greek-style theater with over 15,000 seats in the 1st century AD. Prior to that remodel, a remodel in the 4th century BC had already enlarged the more intimate ancient Greek theater into a giant with over 5,300 seats. Because Miletus was located on a flat plain near the ocean, there were no hills against which to build the theater. So, the entire structure had to be built from huge stone blocks.