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The Ancient Theatre of Argos

14_ARX-THEATER ARGOUSThe ancient theatre of Argos, among the biggest ones in Greece, had a capacity of around 20.000 spectators. The biggest part of this theatre was carved in the rock, while its main wings extended to the left and to the right based on retaining walls, with extra stone seats. Around the initially circular orchestra (26m diameter), there was a first line of marble seats for the officials. Behind them there were six lines of stone seats divided in four rows. Above them there were 74 lines of seats carved in the rock, divided by radial stairways into eight rows. The concave with two friezes was divided horizontally in three departments. After the renovations in Roman times, the form of the orchestra and the stage changed many times. From the theatre stage, with a proscenium and a Dorian gallery in its internal side, the only things that remained were the foundations and the underground corridor that led from the stage to the orchestra. It was from this point, the so called “Stairs of Haros”, that the dead and the chthonic (underground) deities appeared to the spectators.

 

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