Acropolis - Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens

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    Athens - Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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    Athens - Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre located on south western side of the Acropolis: it dates back to 161 AD and it was built by Herodes Atticus. Herodes Atticus was a rich Greek aristocrat who served as a Roman Senator and a Sophist. He built this theatre in memory of his wife Aspasia Annia Regilla (who he probably killed). The name Odeon means “small theater" in Greek, but this theatre was by no means small, as it could seat 5000 people.

    This theatre, which once had a wooden roof, is well-known for its excellent acoustic – and for this reason it is still used today as the venue of the Athens Festival. One should note that, despite the restoration, the stage and the audience section are the original ones.

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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus - functional theater

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    The Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 CE by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. You will view this theater as you approach the top of the Acropolis and it is an open-air amphitheater which seats 5000 people.

    The theater is still very much a avenue for musicals, concerts and dance events of the "Athens Festival" to this day. The designers of the past were practically geniuses for creating this masterpiece that not only lasted a long time but also has great acoustics.

    Related to:
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    • Archeology
    • Theater Travel

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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the south slope of the Acropolis. It was built in the II-th century AD by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife. It was originally a steep-sloped amphitheater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof, and was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Acropolis on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 16.99" N 23º 43' 31.22" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Odeon of Herodes Atticus .

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    • Archeology
    • Architecture

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