Thursday, August 30, 2007

All the world's a stage

2007 aug 30 greece img_5609 (by Dave Reinhardt)

Epidaurus is one of the most important ancient sites in Greece, with an almost perfectly preserved amphitheatre built 2,500 years ago and still hosting Greek dramas today.

The theatre is one of the best preserved structures from Classical Greece, having lain hidden and protected beneath layers of earth for centuries. Excavations began in 1881 and since 1954 ancient Greek dramas have been staged at the theatre which draws huge crowds for the annual festival, held in July and August.

The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Famously, tour guides have their groups scattered in the stands and show them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at center-stage.

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