The Odeion at Ephesus


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Ephesus, Turkey

Theatre Type:

Greco-Roman Odeion (Concert Hall) or Bouleuterion (Council Chamber)

Date of Construction:

Circa 150 AD

Renovation Dates:

Reconstruction by Selçuk Museum 1970 and 1990

Archive Locations:

Efes Müzesi Selçuk (Ephesus Museum Selçuk, Turkey), Österreichisches Archaeologisches Institut (Archaeological Institute of Austria, Vienna), artifacts in British Museum.


1869, 1895-1913, post-WWI to the present day (Austiran).


Theatron: 47w X 32 meters - 154w X 105 feet
Orchestra: 9w X 5 meters - 30w X 16 feet
Stage: 30w X 4 meters - 98w X 13 feet
(approximate measurements based on plan view)

Seating Capacity:


Architectural Drawings:

Plan View

There are two theatre structures at Ephesus, the Great Theatre and the smaller Odeion (Bouleuterion). An inscription tells us that the theatre was commissioned around 150 AD by the wealthy benefactor Publius Vedius Antoninus and his wife Flavia Papiane. The building is located at the northern edge of the State Agora in close proximity to the Pryteneion (the town hall), and has been interpreted both as a city council chamber (Bouleuterion) and as a small concert hall (Odeion). The structure, which resembles a small theatre, most likely served both functions. More....

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