Odeion of Herodes Atticus (Herodion)

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, widely also known as Herodion, is situated under Acropolis with entrance from the pedestrian street of Dionysius Areopagite. As part of the Athens Festival every summer there are several performances at the Herodion. The feeling of a night concert at Herodion, under Acropolis rock, overlooking the illuminated Parthenon, is truly unique!

History

The famous Herod Atticus Odeon dominates the western end on the south slope of the Acropolis. It was the third Odeon constructed in ancient Athens after the Pericles Odeon on the south slope (fifth century) and the Agrippa’s Odeon in the ancient Agora (15 BC). The construction of the monument during the second century AD was sponsored by Tiberius Claudius Herod Atticus, renowned offspring of an important Athenian family and a benefactor; he thus acted in remembrance of his wife Regilla, who died in 160 AD. The exact date of construction is unknown, but it was certainly built sometime after Regilla’s death and 174 AD, when the traveller and geographer Pausanias visited Athens and referred to the monument in great admiration.

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