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THEATRUM POMPEI * the first permanent theatre in Rome, built of stone by Pompeius in his second consulship in 55 B.C., and dedicated in that year according to the common version (Asc. in Pis. I; Veil. ii. 48; Chron. Pasch. a. u. c. 697 (foundations laid); Chronica Min. ed. Momms. i. 215; Tac. Ann. xiv. 20; Cass. Dio xxxix. 38, whose story that a freedman of Pompeius furnished the money is to be rejected), when most elaborate games, contests of wild animals, and exhibitions of marvels, were provided (Cic. in Pis. 65; Plin. NH vii. 158; viii. 20; Plut. Pomp. 52). Besides the usual name, theatrum Pompei, it was called theatrum Pompeianum (Plin. cit. xxxiv. 39; xxxvi. 15; Mon. Anc. iv. 9; Suet. Tib. 47; Claud. 21; Tac. Ann. vi. 45; Mart. vi. 9; x. 51. 11; xiv. 29. I, 166. 1; in plural, Flor. 13. 8); theatrum marmoreum (Fast. Amit. ad pr. Id. Aug., CIL i². p. 244); theatrum magnum (Plin. cit. vii. 158); and sometimes simply theatrum (Cic. ad Att. iv. I. 6; Hor. Carm. i. 20. 3; Suet.