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Odeon of Herodes Atticus Herodes Atticus Prominent Roman rhetorician Roman name: Lucius Vibullius Hipparchus Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes Marathonios None of his speeches remain Richest man in Athens Second Sophistic Era: Herodes was the greatest orator of the time Herodes Atticus

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Odeon of Herodes Atticus


Herodes Atticus

  • Prominent Roman rhetorician

  • Roman name: Lucius Vibullius Hipparchus Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes Marathonios

  • None of his speeches remain

  • Richest man in Athens

  • Second Sophistic Era: Herodes was the

    greatest orator of the time


Herodes Atticus

  • Re-built Panathenaic stadium in 144 A.D.

    • Rebuilt in 1896 for Olympic Games

    • Athenians were impressed over Stadium

  • Served as archon at Athens and consul

    at Rome

  • Officiated as the Priest of Dionysus

    at the Panathenaic Festivals

  • Died in 178 A.D. at seventy-six


Panathenaic Stadium

  • Will hold Olympics in 2012

  • Holds 80,000 people


Excavations of Herodes Atticus

  • President of Iobacchoi: club-house in west valley of Acropolis

    • Association to honor Bacchos, god of wine

  • Private estate in Kynouria, south of Argos

    • Shows wealth in architecture, mosaics and sculpture

  • Associated with two demes: Kephisia and Marathon

    • Kephisia: found part of villa with burial chamber


Landscape and Location

  • Southwest side of the acropolis

  • Natural hollow auditorium

  • Rows of seating in a perfect semi-circle

  • Entrance for the choir and audience


Facts and Details

  • Built in 161 A.D.

  • Said by many Athenians to be “the grandest in Greece”

  • Diameter is 80 meters

  • Capacity of 5000-6000 people

  • Covered by a roof of cedar

  • Built in memory of Herodes Atticus’ wife

  • Feature a marble auditorium

  • Raised stage

  • No traises of interior supports


Pictures


Present Day

  • Serves as the city’s major theatre

  • Rumor of why it was built

  • Recent concert:

    • Yanni’s 1996 performance

      Live at the Acropolis


Bibliography

  • http://www.whitman.edu/theatre/theatretour/herodes%20atticus/herodes_atticus.htm

  • http://www.sailingissues.com/yachting-guide/acropolis-athens-1.html

  • http://ireland.wlu.edu/landscape/Group4/phidiasathena.jpg

  • http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/orion/eng/hst/greek/herodes.html

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/135116216/

  • Camp, John M. The Archaeology of Athens. 2001. p.213 - 21


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