October 15, 2004

Notes on Theatre Donysus

This is the Theatre of Dionysos on the south slope of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The site has changed significantly over the two-and-a-half thousand years, since the days in which it first began to be used as a regular site of theatrical performance and the model that you can see here is a reconstruction of the theatre that was developed during the Lycurgean period (338 to 326 BC).

The Lycurgean theatre was the first at this site to make use of stone seating; it was also the first to develop significant stage buildings also constructed in stone.

As one looks down from above in this birdís eye view, one can make out the skene, paraskenion and other stage buildings at the bottom of the theatre complex (they are the red-roofed buildings roughly in the middle of this screen). One can also make out the three separate segments of seating that existed in the Lycurgean theatre (the lower, middle and upper cavea) and the walkways (or diazoma) that separated them.

To the right of this viewpoint, the Odeon of Pericles can also be made out (it is the grey building with an octagonal opaion at the centre of its roof). This covered theatre structure was constructed in the 5th century BC and was also used for certain performances, as well as for rehearsals and other aspects of theatrical preparation.


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