The Info List - Odeon Of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950.


1 Ancient times 2 Modern events 3 See also 4 External links

Ancient times[edit]

Historical image of Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
(ca. 1880)

Herbert von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan
and the Orchestra of the Athens
Conservatory (later to become the Athens
State Orchestra) at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (1939)

View of the theatre from the Acropolis

It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and left in ruins by the Heruli
in 267 AD. Modern events[edit]

Detail of the façade

The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens
Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances. In 1957 Maria Callas
Maria Callas
performed at the Odeon as part of the Athens Festival and in the same year Edith Hamilton
Edith Hamilton
was pronounced an honorary citizen of Athens
at ninety years of age. In May 1962 Frank Sinatra gave two Benefit concerts for the city of Athens. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
was the venue for the Miss Universe 1973
Miss Universe 1973
pageant. Another memorable performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
was given by the Greek singer Nana Mouskouri
Nana Mouskouri
in 1984; after 20 years of absence she returned to her country. Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
performed at the Odeon twice, in 1991 and in 2004. Vangelis' Mythodea
premiered at Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
in July 1993 and the venue hosted Yanni's Live at the Acropolis performance in September 1993. Sting performed at the venue during his Mercury Falling
Mercury Falling
Tour on May 17, 1996. Mario Frangoulis has performed at the historic theatre with Yannis Markopoulos' Orpheus in 1996 and also played the role of Erotokritos in his work based on Vitsentzos Kornaros' Erotokritos. He also performed 'Axion Esti' poem by Odysseus Elytis
Odysseus Elytis
music by Mikis Theodorakis and conducted by the composer himself in May 1998 to benefit Elpida foundation for children suffering from cancer. Elton John performed two concerts at the venue during his Medusa Tour in 2000. In June 2008 Sylvie Guillem
Sylvie Guillem
performed Boléro
in company with the Tokyo Ballet as part of the Athens
Festival. In September 2010, tenor Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli
held a concert at the Odeon to raise funds for Cancer research. In the Year 2012 Mario Frangoulis
Mario Frangoulis
performed the leading role in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana at the Herodes Atticus theater. Artists who have performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
include Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Alicia de Larrocha, the Bolshoi Ballets, Maurice Béjart, Joaquín Cortés, Paco de Lucía, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Goran Bregovic, Jean Michel Jarre, Ennio Morricone, Jethro Tull, Karolos Koun, Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Nikos Koundouros, Spiros Evangelatos, Yannis Markopoulos, George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Marinella, Foo Fighters, Dionysis Savopoulos
Dionysis Savopoulos
and many other important artists and artistic organizations. See also[edit]

List of concert halls List of contemporary amphitheaters

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Theatre of Herodes Atticus.

The southern slope of the Acropolis and the theatre itself, Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Video: Haris Alexiou
Haris Alexiou
performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Herodes Atticus
in 1994, directed by Mauro Bolognini; in this video a part dedicated to her collaboration with Manos Hadjidakis, who had died a few days before the concert.

Coordinates: 37°58′15″N 23°43′28″E / 37.970756°N 23.724444°E / 37.970756; 23.724444

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Hansen's "Trilogy"

Academy Kapodistrian University of Athens National Library of Greece


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Extant structures

Parthenon Erechtheion Propylaea Temple of Athena Nike Odeon of Herodes Atticus Stoa of Eumenes Sanctuary of Asclepius Theatre of Dionysus
Theatre of Dionysus
Eleuthereus Aglaureion

Former structures

Pelasgic wall Hekatompedon temple Older Parthenon Old Temple of Athena Perserschutt Statue of Athena Promachos Statue of Athena Parthenos Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia Chalkotheke Pandroseion Arrephorion Altar of Athena Eleusinion Nike of Callimachus Sanctuary of Pandion Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus Odeon of Pericles Frankish Tower



Pericles Phidias Ictinus Callicrates Mnesikles


Francesco Morosini Lord Elgin Giovanni Battista Lusieri Reverend Philip Hunt


Acropolis Museum Old Acropolis Museum Museum of the Center for the Acropolis Studies Elgin Marbles
Elgin Marbles
at the Br