Theatre at Epidauros

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Polykleitos the Younger

Epidauros, Greece; 350 BCE

The great theatre at Epidauros is the largest surviving ancient Greek theatre. Based on a simple idea, it turned into something spectacular through the rigour of its large-scale execution.

At the heart of the theatre is an acting area, the orchestra, which is more or less circular and virtually surrounded by raked seating designed to allow as many people as possible to be close to the action. The seats were supported by the slope of a hillside. In the case of a smaller theatre, a natural declivity might have been found to do the job with little adaptation. At Epidauros, even ...

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