Theater Of Dionysus

The Theater of Dionysus, built in a natural hollow, in the south of the Acropolis, was the first theater in the world  built of stone and it stands proof for the birth of Greek tragedy.

Originally, the place of the revered god Dionysus, god of wine and fertility, celebrated with dance and songs in the fifth century b.c., it was the stage where there were performed plays by Aeschylus, Sofocles, Euripides and Aristophanes .

The theater was built in more stages, each contributing to the development of drama;in the fourth century A.d. being rebuilt with marble seats. What has been preserved until today, dates from the Roman Empire, has a capacity of 17,000 spectators, originally arranged in 64 rows of seats of which only 20 have survived.

Theatre of Dionysus, prototype of Greek theatres, situated on the south side of the Acropolis in Athens, was in ancient times the place where Dionysia was organized.

The City Dionysia, the feast of Dionysus Eleuthereus, was far the most splendid of the Bacchic festivals, and was therefore also called the Great Dionysia. It is here that  tragedy, comedy, and satyric drama originated.

If you want to visit the theatre, it’s open:
may-september: 08:00-19:30; november- march: 08:00-17:00; one ticket: 2 euros;

If you come by metro you have to go to Akropoli station;

 

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