Dionysos theater - Athens


The Theatre of Dionysos, located on the southern side of the Acropolis, is the most famous of all the Greek theatres. It was built inside a sanctuary dedicated to Dionysos. During the IVth and Vth centuries, the seats were made of wood. Many famous ancient playwrights had their plays performed there like Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. When the wooden seats collapsed, stone seats were built instead, between 500 and 497 B.C.. With a capacity of 13,000 people, the new cavea surrounded the orchestra which was originally circular but modified by Nero into a semicircle. However, the scene is rectangular. The edifice is 46 metre long and 6,5 metre large and sided by two lateral aisles. The last enlargement done to the scene was executed during the Roman era. After this, the theatre looked more looked a Roman one than a Greek and hosted many gladiator fight and other games.


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