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Odeon of Herod Atticus

Last Update: May 2014
Archaeological site, Cultural heritage ACROPOLIS , ATHENS , GREECE
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street 11700 ACROPOLIS , ATHENS , GREECE
Tel.: +30 210 3224625
Opening hours:
01Apr - 31Oct Mon-Sun, 0800-2000
01Nov - 31Mar Mon-Sun, 0800-1500

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Odeon of Herod Atticus - Overview

The striking Odeum of Herod Atticus (also in Greek Herodeion) was the last public edifice of the antiquity to be added in the Acropolis area. It was erected by Herod Atticus in memory of his wife Regilla who died in AD 160. A wealthy scion of a notable Athenian family and a major benefactor of the city, Herod adorned Athens with a monument that has been admired since antiquity. The structure was an amphitheater of the typical style of the imperial age. It was intended mainly for musical events and could accommodate 5,000 people. The three-storey skene, preserved to a height of 28 m, featured rich architectural embellishments, while the wooden roof was made of expensive cedar of Lebanon. It is highly probable that not only the Odeum had been roofed in its entirety, but also that the huge roof had no interior supports to rest upon, which even by today's standards is considered a construction miracle. Like most ancient Attic monuments, Herodeion was destroyed during the raid of Heruli in AD 267 and was later incorporated into the medieval fortification wall of the Acropolis. After an extensive restoration in the 1950s, Herodion has revived as a cultural venue, mainly of the Athens Festival.

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    • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 210 9238175, 210 9238724, Fax: 210 9239023
      1st Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, 2-4 Makrygianni Street, Athens
    • Auxiliaries tel. information contact:, Tel.: 210 9282900, 210 3272000, Fax: 210 9282941
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    Ancient monuments • Odeum / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324

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