Odeum of Patras

Erected before the Odeum of Herodes Atticus in Athens, the Roman Odeum of Patras was built in 160 BC. According to Pausanias, it has the most beautiful decoration after that the Odeum of Athens. On site was the statue of Apollo, which was built from the spoils of war between the Aitolians and the Gauls. In 279 B.C., the inhabitants of Patras created an alliance with the Aitolians to win the war.

Completely covered with earth until then, the Odeum was revealed in 1889. The monument was repaired and dressed again with marble slabs after World War II.

The cavea has four rows of seats in the lower section, and seven in the upper part, over the diazoma. The outer, tall wall of the stage (skene) has five entrances to the skene and the lateral buildings (paraskenia). The orchestra is paved and separated from the cavea by a semicircular parapet.

Source: www.mythicalpeloponnese.gr

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