Theater of Dionysus

This is a computer-generated reconstruction of the Theater of Dionysus as it would have looked in the Roman period. (You can see the skênê at the back of the stage; the temple of Dionysus to the right of the picture; and the retaining wall of the Akropolis behind the spectators' seats.)

This is a computer-generated reconstruction of the Theater of Dionysus as it would have looked in the Roman period. (You can see the skênê at the back of the stage; the temple of Dionysus to the right of the picture; and the retaining wall of the Akropolis behind the spectators’ seats.)

This is a recent photograph of the Athenian Akropolis. You can see the retaining walls, with their buttresses; the Parthenon dominating the Akropolis itself; and the Theater of Dionysus built into the side of the hill, below the retaining wall.

This is a recent photograph of the Athenian Akropolis. You can see the retaining walls, with their buttresses; the Parthenon dominating the Akropolis itself; and the Theater of Dionysus built into the side of the hill, below the retaining wall.

Theater seats back up to Acropolis

Theater seats back up to Acropolis

Theater of Dionysus

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Choregic tribute, 335/334 BC

Choregic tribute, 335/334 BC

Phidias

Athena Promachos

Phidias’ statue of Athena Promachos (Athena, Front-line Fighter) stood in the Acropolis between the Propylaea and the Parthenon. It could be seen by ships from 40 miles away. (The Athena Parthenos statue in the Parthenon was Phidias’ too.)

Zeus at Olympia

1572 engraving by Philippe Galle, from a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck

1572 engraving by Philippe Galle, from a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck

Workshop of Phidias

Phidias' workshop where he created the statue of Zeus at Olympia was discovered in the 1950s, just where Pausanias, the 2nd century AD travel-writer said it was.

Phidias’ workshop where he created the statue of Zeus at Olympia was discovered in the 1950s, just where Pausanias, the 2nd century AD travel-writer said it was. The cups and tools were engraved: I am Phidias’ (Φειδίου εἰμί).

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