Theater of Herod Atticus

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Theater of Herod Atticus

The Theater of Herod Atticus was built by Herod Atticus, the Roman governor of Greece in 160 AD in memory of his wife Regilla. It is a classic example of a Roman Odeon, or theater for musical performances.

Its auditorium-like seating arrangement seats aproximately five thousand spectators in rows of marble seats. The front row consists of marble thrones for VIPs.

The theater is the venue for the annual summer Athens Festival, launched in 1955, which includes music recitals, ancient drama, concerts, ballet, and other performances by some of the top orchestras and troupes of the world.