Acropolis - Theater of Herodes Atticus, Athens
Below the Acropolis is the theater of Herod Atticus built by the Romans in 161 AD and still used today for classical concerts, ballet, performances of high cultural value and Yanni. Further on is the Theater of Dionysious the first stone theater and home to Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes. It was rebuilt around 342 BC by Lykourgos and then enlarged by the Romans to be used for gladiator fights. In July of 2003 I saw Jethro Tull here. It was the first rock concert held in the ancient theater and though perhaps some people hope it was the last I would be happy to see more. How about Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra? Maybe Procul Harum? Emerson, Lake and Palmer? The Stooges? Where's Leonard Cohen when you really need him?
The small THEATRE OF HERODES ATTICUS seats 5000 spectators and was built by the Roman consul Herodes Atticus between 161 and 174 AD. The shape was hollowed out of the rocks on the southern slope of the Acropolis.
The theatre is still in use today and is used for a range of entertainment including plays and concerts. Actually, workers were preparing for a presentation of the opera "Carmen", the day we were there, as they were setting up lighting all around the theatre.
Below the Acropolis is this theatre, built by the Romans in 161 A.D.
It's still used for classical concerts and performances, especially during the Summer Festival.
The 5000 seats were renewed between 1950 and 1961.
Before arriving at the entrance to Acropolis we passed by the THEATER OF HERODES ATTICUS. It is also known as the Odeion of Herodes Atticus & was built in AD 161. Outdoor concerts are still held here. The view from here is magnificent!