The Greek Theater in Syracuse exemplifies the architectural ingenuity of Classical builders and also highlights the contrasts between Ancient Greek and Roman styles. The basic structure reflects the fundamental values of the original Greek artists who conceived its initial design. The theater is located on a beautiful site that offers a stunning view of the surrounding countryside (although the landscape is blocked now by a row of trees). In addition, the seats are carved directly out of the “living rock”; the Greeks preferred to shape and mold natural elements for their artistic purposes. The consistent presence of nature even in their man-made structures was an important component of Greek architecture. On the other hand, the Romans chose to assert their dominance over nature. When the Romans eventually extended their influence into Sicily and took control over the island, the theater was modified to fit Roman tastes. In the renovated theater, an elaborate scene structure, whose remains can still be seen, would have completely blocked out the view of the landscape in the background. In addition, holes can be seen in the semi-circle of the orchestra where the Romans would have been able to insert their “special effects” (i.e. figures jumping out from underneath, smoke flowing out onto the scene). The Romans were less interested in a harmonious blend of nature and more focused on the entertainment value of their theaters.