THEATRE OF DIONYSUS - Athens

Theatre of Dionysus - Athens

With the Parthenon to my back, I took this photo, where you can see to the, left the Theatre of Dionysus (construction began mid 6th century BC - numerous alterations thereafter)


By Alexios Demos on February 27, 2020
Theatre of Dionysus Athens and Acropolis Museum Greece
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Surprisingly the sizeable theatre on the south slope of the Acropolis that seated 17,000 during the 4th century BC was essentially forgotten!

“I made this post because I wanted to highlight two structures of lesser importance to the Parthenon that, however, are so easy and enjoyable to visit and worth exploring so I hope you will discover them!”

In the center the photograph we see the Acropolis Museum and at the bottom right the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios (Asklepieion - 420 BC).


Theatre of Dionysus - Athens


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With the Parthenon to my back, I took this photo, where you can see to the, left the Theatre of Dionysus (construction began mid 6th century BC - numerous alterations thereafter), in the center the Acropolis Museum and at the bottom right the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios (Asklepieion - 420 BC). Surprisingly the sizeable theatre on the south slope of the Acropolis that seated 17,000 during the 4th century BC was essentially forgotten with a portion of it underground until the 19th century AD when excavations began (Rousopoulos -1861)! The Asklepieion is not a one-off structure and it basically functioned as an ancient Greek hospital; there were numerous throughout Greece. They were especially significant as patients visiting these structures would enter a dreamlike / hypnotic state and see visions of gods who would offer medical advice or treat them instantly. That’s literally the definition of placebo effect but I’m sure the pilgrims and patients found comfort in this rather trippy procedure!

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I made this post because I wanted to highlight two structures of lesser importance to the Parthenon that, however, are so easy and enjoyable to visit and worth exploring so I hope you will discover them!

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Date of Visit: Nov 19, 2019

Weather Conditions: Afternoon visit around 17:00 (Winter Sunset) - It was very humid, and it rained shortly afterward

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