Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Theater of Dionysus Athens I

The picture below locates the Theater of Dionysus near the Acropolis in Athens. Most of the structures on the Acropolis were destroyed during the Persian invasion in 480 B.C. Construction of a new Parthenon was begun after the war but not completed until 431.

The Theater of Dionysus was located on the southeast side of the Acropolis. Destroyed at least twice, the current remains are part of a Roman reconstruction. To its right is the Odeon of Pericles, a roofed structure designed for rehearsals and to shelter the public in case of inclement weather. The theater supposedly held as many as 17,000.

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