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Little Theatre of Epidaurus

Little Theatre of Epidaurus

The little theater of ancient Epidaurus is situated in the picturesque landscape of the peninsula Nesi and adorns the town of Epidaurus. It was built in the 4th century B.C., it suffered radical transformations during the Roman domination and for 23 centuries its treasure lied buried in the olive groves. The theater is also called “the theater that speaks” because of the numerous inscriptions and dedications decorating its benches. Every summer it opens its gates to the “Musical July festival”.

The most known archaeological monument of Epidaurus, the “little theater”, lies in the peninsula “Nesi”, on the northwest slope of the acropolis of the ancient town of Epidaurus.

The theater is older than the well-known big theater as it was built in the 4th century B.C. It was dedicated to the god Dionysus and it was used mainly for the events of the Dionysian worship. Prominent rulers and upper class people contributed to its construction with their sponsorship. Its construction lasted until the Hellenistic age. During the Roman domination it suffered radical changes. The orchestra was made semicircular and a new scenic construction took the place of the initial one closer to the cavea. Some of the parts of the lower section of the scene are saved. It remained covered by a nearby olive grove for 23 centuries. It was discovered in 1971 and its past glory has been gradually brought to light.

It could originally accommodate 2000 spectators. Its benches carry numerous inscriptions of the donors and for that reason it is also known as “the theater that speaks”.

At present it opens its gates every summer to host the “Musical July” festival.

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