"The Theatre of Dionysos" Acropolis - South Slope Tip by Pieter11

Acropolis - South Slope, Athens: 75 reviews and 95 photos

  The Theatre of Dionysos
by Pieter11
 
  • The Theatre of Dionysos - Athens
      The Theatre of Dionysos
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  • VIP seats in the theatre - Athens
      VIP seats in the theatre
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  • A statue in the theatre - Athens
      A statue in the theatre
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  • The Theatre of Dionysos - Athens
      The Theatre of Dionysos
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  • A lost flower in the Theatre of Dionysos - Athens
      A lost flower in the Theatre of Dionysos
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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.

Directions: At the south slope of the Acropolis. From here you can walk all the way to the entrance of the Acropolis itself.
Phone: +30 210 3214172
Website: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2384

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  • Written May 26, 2005
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