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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 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 Camp, John M. The Archaeology of Athens p

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