Οn the roots of the european civilisation 07 - Peloponissos, Ancient Epidavros, the theatre

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The ancient theater of Epidaurus is considered the finest ancient Greek theater in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. Located on the site of Asklepeion of Epidaurus near the village Lygourio.

The ancient theater was built between 340 BC and 330 BC by Argive architect Polykleitos the Younger as Pausanias says. The theater was built for the amusement of the patients of Asklepeion and as a remedy, because it was believed that the monitoring theater had beneficial effects on mental and physical health of patients. The ancient theater had a capacity of 13,000 spectators. It is divided into two parts. An upper part of 21 series of seats for the people and the lower part of 34 series of seats for the priests and rulers.

The ancient theater was discovered after excavations carried out by archaeologist P. Kavadias, under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society during the period 1870-1926.

A few years later, in 1938 staged the first performance at the ancient theater of Epidaurus. The play was the tragedy of Sophocles' Electra starring Katina Paxinou (Oscar nomination for "For whom the bells ring") and Helen Papadakis. The performances then stopped because of World War II. In the early 50's, the theater received restauration works to be able to accept large numbers of spectators and in 1955 inaugurated the Epidaurus Festival, which included performances at the ancient theater every summer. As part of the Epidaurus Festival Epidaurus have appeared on some of the greatest Greek and foreign actors and the famous Greek soprano Maria Callas.

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senmax on June 26, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

♥ Kama ♥ - NO VIEWS on June 26, 2012

Excellent B&W photo of the ancient theatre, I Like it - by ♥ Kama ♥

Christos Theodorou on June 26, 2012

senmax

♥ Kama ♥


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

tirulero1 on June 27, 2012

Una bellissima panoramica sull'antico teatro Greco,ottimo il B&W,Like,saluti Antonio

Christos Theodorou on June 27, 2012

tirulero1

Edu Vega


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Rosi Teneva on June 29, 2012

Kalo meshmeri apo thn Peloponhsso!

Christos Theodorou on July 1, 2012

Aliss6 - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

andaradagio on September 14, 2012

Great! Very interesting. Thanks for sharing! Fav!

Christos Theodorou on September 14, 2012

andaradagio - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Faysal Bin Darul on September 26, 2012

It is a great idea to present this heritage site in black and white . LIKE it a lot.

Christos Theodorou on September 26, 2012

Faysal Bin Darul - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly regards from Athens

Rubens Craveiro on September 30, 2012

Christos Theodorou:

Linda foto em P & B desse antigo anfiteatro, em Asklipio Epidavrou, Primoroso enquadramento e bela composição nessa excelente foto. Like & YS. Saudações desde Brasília, Brasil, a Atenas, Grécia. Rubens Craveiro

Christos Theodorou on October 1, 2012

Rubens Craveiro - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

j... on November 28, 2012

pozdrawiam z Polski! JOla

Christos Theodorou on November 28, 2012

j... - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

photo Kazia on December 6, 2012

Great shot and a good narrative I liked. Greetings, Kazia

Christos Theodorou on December 6, 2012

Kazia25 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Christos Theodorou on March 9, 2014

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