Dionysos Theater Athens. The Dionysos Theater was built in the 6th century BC. It is located at the foot of the Acropolis on the south side, at a short distance from the Herod Atticus Theater. This theater can be reached through the Dionysou Aeropagitou Street. This is the oldest theater in the world. It was built in honor of the god Dionysos, protector of dramatic art. Here the four major Greek poets (Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides) first saw their masterpieces presented. The theater could seat about 15,000 spectators. The distance from stage to the first row was about 12 meters (39 feet) and the highest row of the stand was about 35 meters (114 feet) high, the distance from the 1st to the last row was 80 meters (262 feet). In ancient times, the Dionysos Theater was known for dramatic competitions held here and thousands of spectators came to see them. In the 5th century BC, the Odeon of Pericles was built, east of the theater.
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer