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Odeon of Herodes Atticus

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Ryan Dooley, Kyle Nash Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Mar 01, 2024 09:51 AM History
A large theater in Athens, built during the Roman period on the south-western slope of the Acropolis around 160 to 174 CE.

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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a large theater in Athens. It was initially constructed by Herodes Atticus following the death of his wife in 160 CE. It was completed by 174 CE, when Pausanias mentions it as the largest theater in the Greek world. This was one of several construction projects that Herodes Atticus did in Athens, one of the others being the Panathenaic Stadium.

It was the third odeon in Athens, after the Odeon of Pericles and the Odeon of Agrippa. It was built on the south-western slope of the Acropolis, close to the Propylaea. It was burned to the ground at some point following construction, commonly believed to be the Herulians in 267 CE.

The structure was later excavated by the Greek Archaeological Society between 1848 to 1858. It currently sees modern usage for the same purpose that it was constructed for, being used for modern plays and performances.

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Ryan Dooley, Kyle Nash, Jeffrey Becker, Thomas Landvatter, Brady Kiesling, Chris de Lisle, and Tom Elliott, 'Odeon of Herodes Atticus: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2024 <> [accessed: 25 July 2024]

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