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Fan-made Card depicting the Amphitheater building from Civ5

Game Info[]

Classical Era culture building. Requires Monument or Stele.

Gods & Kings[]

  • Common traits:
    • +3 Culture Culture
    • 1 Artist Specialist slot
    • +1 Faith Faith in cities with at least 3 followers with Liturgical Drama Religious Belief

Brave New World[]

  • Common traits:
    • +1 Culture Culture
    • 1 Great Work of Writing slot
    • +1 Faith Faith in cities with at least 3 followers with Liturgical Drama Religious Belief


In Gods & Kings, the Amphitheater replaces the Temple as the second-tier culture building. It is the first building that provides an Artist Specialist slot, which makes it very important for empires pursuing a cultural victory.

In Brave New World it provides a Great Work of Writing slot instead of a Specialist slot.

Civilopedia entry[]

An amphitheater is an outdoor arena designed for open-air theatrical performances, as well as sporting events and concerts. The ancient Romans in particular are known for the hundreds of amphitheatres they constructed, in which gladiatorial combat, exhibitions, and public executions were conducted.


  • Ancient Greek theatres were built to a semicircular plan, with tiered seating above a performance area. Ancient Roman amphitheatres were oval or circular in plan, with seating tiers that surrounded the central performance area, like a modern open-air stadium.
  • Modern usage for "amphitheater" does not always respect the ancient usage, and so the word can embrace theatre-style stages with the audience only on one side, theatres in the round, and stadiums.
  • Natural formations shaped like man-made theatres or amphitheatres are sometimes known as natural amphitheatres.
Civilization V Buildings [edit]
Airport BNW-only.pngAmphitheater GodsKings5 clear.pngAqueductArmoryArsenalBank (Hanse BNW-only.pngSatrap's Court) • Barracks (Ikanda BNW-only.pngKrepost) • Bomb Shelter GodsKings5 clear.pngBroadcast TowerCaravansary BNW-only.pngCastle (Mughal Fort) • Cathedral GodsKings5 clear.pngCircusColosseumConstabulary GodsKings5 clear.pngCourthouseFactoryForgeGarden (Candi BNW-only.png) • GranaryHarborHospitalHotel BNW-only.pngHydro PlantLibrary (Paper MakerRoyal Library BNW-only.png) • LighthouseMarket (Bazaar) • Medical LabMilitary AcademyMilitary BaseMintMonastery GodsKings5 clear.pngMonument (Stele GodsKings5 clear.png) • Mosque GodsKings5 clear.pngMuseumNuclear PlantObservatoryOpera House (Ceilidh Hall GodsKings5 clear.png) • Pagoda GodsKings5 clear.pngPolice Station GodsKings5 clear.pngPublic SchoolRecycling Center GodsKings5 clear.pngResearch LabSeaportShrine GodsKings5 clear.png (Pyramid GodsKings5 clear.png) • Solar PlantSpaceship FactoryStable (Ducal Stable BNW-only.png) • StadiumStock ExchangeStone WorksTemple (Burial TombMud Pyramid Mosque) • TheatreUniversity (Wat) • Walls (Walls of Babylon) • Water Mill (Floating Gardens) • Windmill (Coffee House GodsKings5 clear.png) • Workshop (Longhouse) • Zoo BNW-only.png

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