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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The Temple of Zeus, in the middle of the Altis, was begun ca. 470 BCE and completed in 456 BCE. This Doric peripteral temple (27.68 x 64.12 m; 6 x 13 columns) was the work of the Elian architect Libon. The largest temple in the Peloponnese, it was considered the finest expression and the ‘canon’ of the Doric order. It was constructed of local shelly limestone covered with white stucco, with only the roof, sima and lion-head waterspouts of Parian marble. Later, the frequent local earth…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Hadrian’s arch visible in middle ground and Temple of Olympian Zeus in upper left. Comment–this slide is reversed.

    Dionysiac festivals were at first performed on a flat circular area in the Agora of Athens, but were transferred about 500 BCE to the sloping southern side of the Acropolis, where a temple to Dionysus was also built with an outside altar. It formed part of the temenos of “Dionysus Eleuthereus”. An enlarged, stone-version of the theatre, which was built c. 325 BCE,…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    More elaborate carved marble seats for dignitaries are visible in the front.

    Dionysiac festivals were at first performed on a flat circular area in the Agora of Athens, but were transferred about 500 BCE to the sloping southern side of the Acropolis, where a temple to Dionysus was also built with an outside altar. It formed part of the temenos of “Dionysus Eleuthereus”. An enlarged, stone-version of the theatre, which was built c. 325 BCE, seated between 14,000 to 17,000 spectators…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The wealthy benefactor Herodes Atticus undertook to build a third odeion at Athens, in memory of his wife, who had died in AD 161. The odeion of Herodes Atticus rests against the south slope of the Acropolis and takes the form of a typical Roman theatre of the eastern type. A large amount of wood-ash was found all over the cavea at the time of its excavation. This and the fact that there are windows in the upper part of the scaenae frons have been taken as evidence that it was roofed. It is, …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The wealthy benefactor Herodes Atticus undertook to build a third odeion at Athens, in memory of his wife, who had died in AD 161. The odeion of Herodes Atticus rests against the south slope of the Acropolis and takes the form of a typical Roman theatre of the eastern type. A large amount of wood-ash was found all over the cavea at the time of its excavation. This and the fact that there are windows in the upper part of the scaenae frons have been taken as evidence that it was roofed. It is, …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    The hillside location gives spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the valley below.

    The ancient theatre at Delphi was built further up the hill from the Temple of Apollo giving spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the valley below. It was originally built in the 4th century BCE but was remodeled on several occasions since. Its 35 rows can seat 5,000 spectators.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Delos had a large theatre with a capacity of over 5000 which was built gradually during the 3rd century BCE. It had an unusual ellipsoidal theatron and a unique stage building with a portico around the three sides not occupied by the proskenion.

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01