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Ancient theater of Dionysus, Athens


Ancient theater of Dionysus, Athens, Greece photo



SOURCE: Greek National Tourism Organization, used with permission.

The ancient Theater of Dionysus, located at the foot of the Acropolis, is one of the earliest theatres in the world.

Dedicated to Dionysus, the God of wine and fertility, patron of drama, and the liberator of man from his everyday worries, it hosted the ciity's Dionysia festival.

Among those who competed were all the dramatists of the classical era who composed plays that have survived: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.

Originally built c. 325 BC, it seated between 14,000 to 17,000 spectators.

It subsequently fell into disuse and little is recorded until 61 AD, where there is evidence of major renovations done under emperor Nero.

Its remains can still be seen at the site today, and they are a major tourist attraction.


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