Amman is built on seven hills, or jabals, each of which more or less defines a neighborhood. Amman has served as the modern and longstanding principal city of Jordan. It is one of the most well-known continually populated metropolis in the world, with a 1994 excavation revealing homes and towers considered to have been constructed during the Stone Age, circa 7000 BCE. There are numerous Biblical references to the city, which by about 1200 BCE had become the Ammonite principal city of Rabbath-Ammon. The Ammonites battled many different wars with Saul, David and others.
The history of Amman between the end of its Biblical references (around 585 BCE) and the time of the Ptolemies is vague. We do know that the city was renamed Philadelphia after the Ptolemaic ruler Philadelphus in the third century BCE. After coming under Seleucid and Nabatean rule, Philadelphia was taken by the Roman vassal King Herod in 30 BCE. The city became part of the Decapolis League, a loose alliance of ten Roman-ruled cities including Jerash, Gadara (present-day Umm Qais), Pella, Arbila (Irbid) and others. Under Roman rule, Philadelphia was replanned and reconstructed in usually splendid Roman style with a colonnaded street, baths, an amphitheater and impressive common structures.
At the time of the Byzantine period, Philadelphia was the seat of a Christian bishop, and many large churches were built. The city deteriorated somewhat during the late Byzantine years, and was occupied by the Persian Sassanians in 614 CE. Their rule was short-lived, nonetheless, breaking down prior to the Arabian infantries of Islam around the year 635. The name of the city then returned to its Semitic origin of Ammon, or “Amman.” It continued to be a significant stop on the caravan routes for many years, but subsequently trade patterns changed and dried up the lifeblood of Amman. The city deteriorated to little more than a provincial village for numerous hundred of years.
The Roman Theater is the most apparent and extraordinary evidence of ancient Philadelphia. The theater, which was constructed during the sovereignty of Antonius Pius (138-161 CE), is cut into the northern side of a hill that once served as a necropolis– or cemetery. It is very identical in design to the amphitheater at Jerash, and can accommodate 6000 viewers.
Victus Vincimus: Veterans' Revenge (Drones Over NY) The Game
One of the locations for the Victus Vincimus Veterans’ Revenge (Drones Over NY) Game is situated to one of the most historical places in the world. The Roman Amphitheater of Amman, Jordan will be one of the settings for the Victus Vincimus Film and the Game.
The video below is a short clip on the game concept for the Roman Amphitheater setting in CGI. It’s a work in progress, this is just the first step of the whole process. Updates will be added from time to time on this page.