Epidaurus Museum and Historic Site
Epidaurus was a small polis in ancient Greece, on the Argolid Peninsula situated in Greece in the Peloponnese. In ancient times, Epidaurus was known for its famous Asclepeion Sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek God of medicine, Asclepius which was an ancient healing temple as well as its theater. Today the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is remarkably well preserved and is once again in use today.
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is built on the west side of a mountain and is considered to be the perfect ancient Greek theatre with regards to acoustics and aesthetics. The Theatre retains true to the structure of a Hellenistic theatre, with an auditorium, orchestra and staging building. The theatre, unlike many Ancient Greek theatres, did not suffer Roman era modifications.
The theatre’s staging building was constructed in two phases: the first is placed at the end of the 4th century BCE and the second in the middle of the 2nd century BCE. Due to this unique design, the architects achieved both optimal acoustics and aesthetics for better viewing. The first systematic excavation of the theatre began in 1881 and was preserved in good condition thanks to the restorations works which recovered the theatre almost entirely in its original form, except the stage building.
Asclepeion at Epidaurus
The Asclepeion at Epidaurus was one of the most famous healing centres of the Classical world, the place where people went in the hope of being cured. There was a guest house with 160 guest rooms and mineral springs in the vicinity, which were used in healing. Even after the introduction of Christianity and the closure of the oracle centres, the sanctuary at Epidaurus was still known as late as the mid 5th century as a Christian healing centre.
Epidaurus Historical Site
- Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
- Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus – Photo Gallery
Greek Proverbs and Quotes
“Oh, it is easy for the one who stands outside the prison-wall of pain to exhort and teach the one who suffers.”
– Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Photo Credit: JOM