"Theater of Dionysos" Acropolis - Theatre Of Dionysus Tip by iblatt

  Theater of Dionysos, Athens
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  • Theater of Dionysos, Athens - Athens
      Theater of Dionysos, Athens
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  • Theater of Dionysos: view from Acropolis - Athens
      Theater of Dionysos: view from Acropolis
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  • Theater of Dionysos, Athens - Athens
      Theater of Dionysos, Athens
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  • Front row, Theater of Dionysos, Athens - Athens
      Front row, Theater of Dionysos, Athens
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  • Stage front, Theater of Dionysos, Athens - Athens
      Stage front, Theater of Dionysos, Athens
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The Theater of Dionysos is carved from the southern slope of the Acropolis Hill.
The most direct way of getting there is from the pedestrian street Dionysiou Aeropagitou, across from the New Acropolis Museum. You can also reach the Theater of Dionysos by stone steps leading down the hill from the Acropolis, on the south of the main entrance.

A wooden theater first existed in this location, built in the 6th century BC; the stone theater was built in the 4th century BC. I was truly excited to think that the famous ancient Greek tragedies of Sophocles and others were first shown in this very spot where I was standing. Works by Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus and others were commissioned for the famous Dionysia Festival, an annual 5 day theatrical contest.

You can see the stage, with a front depicting scenes from Dionysos' life, and the seats, with impressive front row seats reserved for VIPs.

When you lift up your gaze towards the Acropolis (and read your guidebook...) you realized that in ancient times the theater extended over the whole slope of the hill, evidence for the central place it held in ancient Greek society and culture.

Address: Dionysiou Aeropagitou St.
Directions: On the southern slope of the Acropolis hill.
You can purchase an entrance ticket on site, or use one of the coupons of a combined admission ticket to the Acropolis and other monuments.

Phone: 210 322 4625
Website: http://traumwerk.stanford.edu:3455/Archaeopaedia/184

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  • Updated Jul 24, 2010
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