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  1. Odeon of Herodes Atticus

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Panathenaic Stadium • Will hold Olympics in 2012 • Holds 80,000 people

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Pictures

  9. 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

  10. 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