The Little Theater
of Archaia Epidavros
The Little Theater of Archaia Epidavros
The Little Theater of Archaia Epidavros is located near the settlement of Archaia Epidavros, at the area called “Nisi” (‘Island’). It was built in the 4th century BC, but it underwent profound changes in the Hellenistic and Roman years. According to the excavations, which began in the 1970s and were completed in the 1990s, a drainage pipe was found, starting from the orchestra and ending in the Roman baths, dating to the Hellenistic period, as well as a restructure of the site dating back to the Roman era and included the erection of a stage structure and the conversion of the orchestra into a semicircular.
The theater was built in honor of god Dionysus in the acropolis of the ancient city of Epidaurus, thanks to the funding of wealthy nobles of that time, whose names were engraved on the seats can came to light during the excavations. The theater consisted of 9 stands and 18 rows of seats, with a capacity of 2,000 spectators. Limestone was used for the seats and for the scales. Part of the seats was later used to fortify the acropolis. Today its capacity is about 800 seats.
Finally, visitors can visit the Mycenaean cemetery with the 7 vaulted tombs which is situated in the location called Nera by combining a ten-minute walk, as well as the location of the Underwater Ancient City, at walking distance from the theatre