"Acropolis - The Odeion of Herodes (Herodeion)" Acropolis - South Slope Tip by janbeeu

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  The Herodeion
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The gallery of Eumenus connected the Theatre of Dionysus with The Odeion of Herodes Attikus. It was the third odeion to be built in Athens 160-157 AD after the Odeion of Perikles and that of Agrippa. It was erected by Herodes in memory of his wife Regilla, who died in 160 AD.

The Odeion of Herodes, also known as the Herodeion, is shaped as a semicircular theatre, with a radius of 38 metres and it can seat around 5.000 people. The facade, 28 metres high, was massive having a width of 2,40 metres. The wall of the scene was lavishly decorated with architectural marble elements. The public seats also were made of marble and the front of the three story stage was richly decorated with columns and niches. The roof must have been made of cedar wood.

The Odeion was destroyed during the invasion of the Herulae who also destroyed most of the city's monuments in 267 AD.

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  • Updated Jul 18, 2005
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