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  • Acropolis - Theatre of Dionysos as it used to be

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    Excavations at the sanctuary of Dionysos started in 1838 by the Greek Archaeological Society and lasted for about a century. They brought to light the theatre and the greater part of the sanctuary which includes the two temples of Dionysos.

    The excavations at the Odeion of Perikles were carried out almost sixty years ago and revealed a large building with many columns. The excavations, conducted by Kastriotes (1914-1927) and Orlandos (1928-1931), revealed the north side of the building and five column bases at the NE corner.

    The excavations at the Asklepieion were conducted in 1875-76 by the Greek Archaeological Service under the direction of St. Koumanoudis and uncovered the Early Christian basilicas and remains of the most important buildings of the sanctuary.

    The Theatre of Dionysos as it used to be

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  • Acropolis - Theatre of Dionysos

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    Whereas the Acropolis was the spiritual centre, the south slope of the Acropolis has been the intellectual centre of Athens since the 6th century BC. When Peisistratos brought the worship of Dionysos to Athens, a sanctuary of Dionysos Eleutherios was built. The small temple contained the wooden statue of the god. In the 4th century BC a gallery was built as well as a new temple holding the golden and ivory statue of Dionysos.

    North of the sanctuary, Peisistratos had a circular space constructed for dances to the honour of Dionysos. That space was later used to build the Theatre of Dionysos, originally made of wood but a century later replaced by seats of stone and a permanent stage was added. The theatre was destroyed and rebuilt twice, once in 86 BC by Sulla and again in 267 AD by the Herulae.

    The Theatre of Dionysos was the very first theatre in the world. It also was the place were works of the famous classic drama writers were performed.

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  • Acropolis (south slope)

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    The south slope of the Acropolis played a significant role in the artistic, spiritual and religious activity of ancient Athens. Important public buildings were erected in the area: the Odeion of Perikles, the sanctuary and theatre of Dionysos, the choregic monuments, the Asklepieion, the stoa of Eumenes and the Odeion of Herodes Atticus.

    Recently, architectural members in the orchestra and the retaining wall of the east parodos of the Dionysos Theatre were restored.

    The Acropolis south slope

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    The Theatre of Dionysos

    by Pieter11 Written May 26, 2005

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    The theatre of Dionysos, at the south slope of the Acropolis is known as the oldest theatre of Europe. It was built in the 6th century B.C.

    The theatre wasn´t used much by the Athenian citizens. Most of the time they played in the Theatre a few hundred metres away: the Theatre of Herodes Atticus. The

    Theatre of Dionysos was used mostly for the Greek tragedy plays. Plays of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylos had their premiere here, with an audience of 17.000 people! Funny thing is that all the players in these days were male. So even female roles were performed by men.

    Today only the lower part of the theatre is cleared of grass and flowers. But still you can see the enormous sizes that is used to have in those days.

    In the back of the theatre, behind the stage, you´ll see a will with statues. One of these statues is the statue of Satire, the personification of comedy-plays. It´s easy to recognise it: it´s the most ugly man you can find. Another interesting thing to see are the seats at the first row. These are much more beautiful then the others in the theatre and they all have the name on it, of the VIP person that used to sit in this place.

    The Theatre of Dionysos VIP seats in the theatre A statue in the theatre The Theatre of Dionysos A lost flower in the Theatre of Dionysos
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    Acropolis - the Odeion of Herodos Atticus

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    Constructed in 161 AD the Odeion was founded by Tiberius Claudius Herodos Atticus, a noble and generous citizen of Athens.

    The Odeion's stage was 35.40 m long and the orchestra was 18.80 m in diameter. Its audience consisted of 32 rows and could hold up to 5000 people.

    At present the Odeion is used during the Festival of Athens.

    Odeion of Herodos Atticus
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    Acropolis - the Theatre of Dionysus

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    The audience area of the theatre (cavea) was built on southenr slope of the Acropolis. It was then rebuilt in 4th century BC to the shape more or less preserved to these times.

    The depth of the audience is 90 m and its greater length is 100 m. Originally it was capable of holding as many as 17,000 persons.

    The worst thing is that I did not take a picture of the theatre :(

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  • Acropolis South Slope - Theatre of Herodes Atticus

    by grkboiler Written Dec 12, 2004

    Still in use today is the Roman Theatre of Herodes Atticus. It seats 5,000 and was built between 161 and 174. The colonnade once displayed statues of the 9 muses, and there was a roof made of cedar to allow for better acoustics and performance year-round.

    The theatre was excavated in 1857 and restored between 1950 and 1961, including the addition of blue and white marble slabs on the orchestra. Many famous names have performed there since. Check with the box office if you are interested in seeing a performance.

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  • Acropolis South Slope - Theatre of Dionysos

    by grkboiler Written Dec 11, 2004

    The Theatre of Dionysos is located on the Acropolis' south slope. The first theatre was built there in the 6th century BC for the festival of the Great Dionysia, which became one of the biggest events in Athens. During the Golden Age, tragedies by Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides and comedies by Aristophanes were performed there.

    Between 342 BC and 326 BC, the theatre was reconstructed in stone by Lykourgos. The Romans added on, making it a 64 tier, 17,000 seat capacity theatre. They used it for gladiators. Under Emperor Nero in the 1st century, the marble floor was added. In the 2nd century, scenes from the life of Dionysos were added to the front of the stage.

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    The Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    by Lilasel Written Nov 13, 2004

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    The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, also known as the Herodeion, was built in about AD 160. Today the Odeon functions as a theatre, in the summer months hosting concerts and performances of ancient drama, lyric theatre and dance as part of the Athens Festival.

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    Theatre of Dionysos ( Theatro Dhionissou )

    by maple_air Written Nov 12, 2004

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    The oldest structure on the southern slope of Acropolis. This 17,000- seat theatre, with 67 tiers of seats, was built in the 4th century BC. It was enlarged in the 1st century AD, under the Roman emperor Nero, and elaborately carved front row seats were added for the priests of Dionysos and other dignitaries.

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    The Theater of Dionysius

    by shrimp56 Written Nov 11, 2004

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    Dionysius was the god of wine, but also of theatrical performances! The plays of such masters as Sophocles were first performed here! The theater we visit today is not the original theater built on this spot, but one built later by Lycourgos.

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    Ancient theatre of Dionysos

    by fabikt Written Sep 18, 2004

    Here at the southern slope of the Acropolis the four greatest ancient Greek poets, Aeschylos, Aristophanes, Euripides and Sophokles, saw their plays being performed for the first time, in the 5th century B.C. Experts estimate that the theatre could accommodate 17,000 spectators.

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    The Odeion of Herodes Atticus

    by fabikt Written Sep 18, 2004

    The Herodeion as it is called by modern Greeks was built in 161 A. D. by Tiberius Claudius Herodes, an important figure of his time. He was a teacher and philosopher who had inherited a great fortune from his father. When his wife Rigilla died, he built this roofed Odeion for musical performances to honour her memory. The ancient Greeks used to give music and recital concerts there. Today the Athens Festival takes place at the Odeion every summer.

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    Different views of the Acroplis

    by Kodi01 Updated Sep 14, 2004

    I had two vt freinds in Athens and I missed meeting one of them due to a car accident.

    But, the funny thing is when I got my pictures back, one Greek friend said "What are the wires?"

    I think he meant the scaffolding, pre-olympic renovations, but what can I do. Take it down?

    I don't think so! So, please enjoy my pics, at least they are originals or one of a kind!! ;o)

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    Theater of Dyonisos

    by tini58de Updated Jul 27, 2004

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    The theater is situated in the south-eastern slope of the acropolis. It was the most important and oldest theater of Athens (dating back to the 6th century BC). It was here, that the Festival of the Great Dionysia took place. The festival was of great importance and welcomed writers such as Sophocles or Euripides. The theater was later renovated with marble and had a capacity of 17.000 seats....

    Unfortunately, not much has been left of the theater, but I still think it is a fabulous sight!

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