The Dionysus Theatre is the oldest theatre in Europe and located at the slopes at the bottom of the Acropolis hills. The theatre could hold over 17.000 spectators in the old days for an evening of entertainment.
The theatre was built and used for the festival of Dionysus, the god of the wine and drama. It is the birthplace of the Greek tragedy which was played before the people of Athens and in a later period also comedy plays.
Important competitions were held at the theatre to honour the god Dionysus. The Greek tragedies were not only for the purpose to please the people but also to discuss problems that people faced in daily life or to do business.
In the first days, the theatre was made of wood. At the end of the 5th century BC, the wooden structure was replaced by a stone structure and expanded over the years, as the number of spectators did also.
The first row of the theatre has some special marble chairs which were reserved for important persons such as the priest of Dionysus and the Roman emperor Hadrian, which plays an important role in many of the ancient Greek structures.
The slopes of the Acropolis are quite big and divided into the North en South Slope. It’s a great way to walk to the Parthenon and see some interesting remains. You can enter the theatre and sit down at the original seats yourself when visiting the site. Make sure you have your hiking shoes on (or in our case sneakers) and a hat because it will be a serious climb up the hill. The view of the city is definitely amazing and worth the exercise. You will gonna get enough!
Lots of love from Angelique and Carlo
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