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The Stadium at
The Temple of
The Theater at
Dr. J's Illustrated Theater
an overview of Greek theater and definitions of Greek theater terminology, please visit Dr. J's Illustrated Greek Theater Page
recall that the institution of theater grew out of a celebration of nature - all Greek
theaters are sculpted into the side of a hill and offer a spectacular view so that the
audience never forgets theater's roots. But few theaters can top this view of the Sea of
Olives at Delphi!
View of the Theater at Delphi from the walkway immediately
above. Because of the perspective, the terracing effect is lost and the Theater seems to
be right next to the Temple of Apollo, which appears to be right next to the Treasury of
the Athenians. In fact, these structures are all on different levels of the hill, and you
must follow the zig-zagging Sacred Way, crossing the entire width of the site on every
pass, in order to ascend or descend.
close-up of the orchestra, parados and skene of the Theater.
of the 1e AD marble frieze of the proscenium (decorated front of the skene),
which depicts the Labors of Herakles (in museum). The three scenes featured here are: a
fight with a centaur, Herakles overcoming the Lernean Hydra, and Herakles wrestling the
giant Antaeus. Created in honor of the visit of the Roman Emporer Nero, who fancied
himself a modern day Herakles.