Remains of a theater built near the end of the first century and presumably to be identified with the one mentioned by Malalas were excavated in 1934–1935. See Donald N. Wilber (“The Theatre at Daphne: Daphne-Harbie 20-N,” in Richard Stillwell, ed., Antioch-on-the Orontes, vol. 2 [Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1938], pp. 57–94), who concludes that Vespasian did, indeed, build a theater at Daphne.