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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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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

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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
Panathenaic Stadium
  • Will hold Olympics in 2012
  • Holds 80,000 people
excavations of herodes atticus
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
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
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
present day
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
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