Theatre of Dionysos : Michelin's recommendations
In the 6C B.C., a first stage was built in the sacred enclosure dedicated to Dionysos, where the Dionysian festivals were held, consisting of choirs, mimes and dances of satyrs and menads. These installations gave way at the start of the next century to a genuine theatre where you missed the great plays of classical theatre! The current theatre, made of stone, dating back to Lycurgus (4C B.C.), had 17,000 places and was used as the Assembly of the people who had left the Pnyx. Modified by the Romans and abandoned after the barbarian invasions, its restoration dates from the end of the 19C. After going past the foundations of a temple to Dionysos and a portico, you reach the stage of the theatre (rebuilt under Nero in the 1C A.D.): on the side of the orchestra, the front of the stage is decorated with sculptures evoking the legend of Dionysos (note the crouching Silene!). The orchestra seats form a lozenge marked in its centre by the location of an altar to Dionysos around which the ancient choir sat. The tiers (4C B.C.) are partly conserved; they go up to Thrasyllos' monument. In the front row the reserved seats can be recognised, bearing the names of the personalities who sat in them in the 2C A.D.: in the centre is that of the priest of Dionysos, decorated with lions, griffins, satyrs and grapes. Not far away are the remains of the odeon of Pericles, a covered theatre used for rehearsals and music competitions.
- Address : Av. Dionissou-Aeropagitou GR - 11742 Athína11742Athína
- Phone : 2103224625
- Prices : 2 €
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