The Hellenistic Theatre at Argos, Greece


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Argos, Argolis, Peloponnesos, Greece
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Theatre Type:

Greek Theatre (Roman Renovations)

Date of Construction:

320 BC (Greek)

Renovation Dates:

ca. 120 AD

Archive Locations:


1892, 1902-1912, 1928-1932, 1952, 1954-1956, 1981-1982, 1986-1989, 1993-present


Theatron: 52w X 96 meters - 170w X 315 feet
Orchestra: 26w X 26 meters - 85w X 85 feet
(approximate measurements based on drafting)

Seating Capacity:

16,000 to 20,000 (Roman)

Architectural Drawings:

Plan View of Theatre at Argos

The ruins of two distinct theater sites, situated just 100 meters from each other, have been excavated in Argos. The first recorded date for excavation of a theater here was 1892, when I. Kophiniotis partially unearthed the larger, Hellenistic theater. Although it is unclear when, exactly, the theaters fell into disuse, changes made to the theater, the odeum, and other Argive sites point to sustained activity as late as the fourth and fifth centuries A.D. These theaters could have been buried for as many as 1,400 years (Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites). -More....

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