What to See in Athens – The Odeon of Herodes Atticus!

In the time of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a rich merchant from Marathon called Herodes Atticus lost his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. In her memory, and because a concert hall to memorialize here was just the thing, he had his Odeon, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, built on the southern side of the Acropolis.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus Photo © Rik Freeman – All Rights Reserved.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Photo © Rik Freeman – All Rights Reserved.

It can’t be overlooked – is the great theatre with steeply sloped seats set into the Sacred Rock, it is high arched end wall facing outward.

Despite everything, a good part of the structure survived.

So to this day, in summer months, the Odeon performs its original role as a concert hall and plays host for dramas that were classics when the theatre first opened its doors.

The sturdy cedar roof is gone, leaving the audience to enjoy the far more beautiful starry vault of the heavens.