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Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Athens)

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

 

 

 

Location: Athens

 

 

 

 

Description of Odeon of Herodes Atticus or Theatre of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus or Theatre of Herodes Atticus is a magnificent theatre that stands below ancient Athenian Acropolis.  Odeon of Herodes Atticus or Theatre of Herodes Atticus was constructed during period of the Roman rule in 161- 174 AD. It was sponsored by money granted by Roman consul Herodes Atticus who also named the theatre after himself. It could seat up to 5000 spectators. Despite its size it was fairly easy to construct. Roman and Greek engineers simply used the natural curvature of  the walls of the hill on which Acropolis stands to support the seats for the people. Colonnades that are visible behind the centre stage once contained statues of nine Muses, deities that protect and inspire all artists. Today they are gone. Odeon of Herodes Atticus was partially restored in 1955. Today it houses concerts and other cultural performances. The main difference between current restoration and the way it looked in the ancient times is lack of wooden roof  that was probably made of cedar. This would protect the audience against sun as well as unexpected rain. Additionally it provide a better acoustics so that all spectators could hear the words of the play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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