Οn the roots of the european civilisation 12 - 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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Puna on February 23, 2014

Wonderful Shot many thanks for sharing like

Christos Theodorou on February 23, 2014

Puna - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

Joan Crits on February 23, 2014

Les pedres de l'antigor ens retornen les seves aromes...

Salutacions Christos... Una cordial abraçada des de Μαγιόρκα fins a Ελλάδα.

Antonio Aroca on February 23, 2014

Impresionante este teatro de Epidauro y magnífica explicación. Gracias por compartirlo. L76+F13. Un cordial saludo.

Christos Theodorou on February 23, 2014

Joan Crits

Antonio Aroca


Muchas gracias para sus visitas y tus amables comentarios. Hola !

Zoran Velojić on February 23, 2014

Marvelous photo. L77
Best wishes, Zoran.

Christos Theodorou on February 23, 2014

zorvel - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on February 25, 2014

> 3.000 views!


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

Roberto Rubiliani on March 6, 2014

I remember this wonderful place, fantastic! Very nice pic!!

Christos Theodorou on March 6, 2014

Roberto Rubiliani - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

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Photo taken in Ethniki Odos Isthmou Archaias Epidavrou, Epidavros 210 52, Greece
The Sanctuary, Museum, & Theater at Epidaurus

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  • Uploaded on June 19, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2012/05/27 15:45:02
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