Epidaurus

From the port of Nafplion we visited the ancient Greek theater and healing village of Epidaurus.

The Peloponnese, a major peninsula that forms the southern portion of Greece, is the site of many prehistoric and ancient Greek archaeological sites.  Today we toured Epidaurus, the site of an incredibly large and intact Greek theater (still used for performances even today), and a small village of temples and lodgings used as a site for healing.2019-10-16-73904.jpg

The theater seats 14,000 people, and is renowned for its excellent acoustics.   Modern measurements indicate “that the astonishing acoustic properties may be the result of the advanced design: the rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and also amplify the high-frequency sounds of the stage.” [Wikipedia]

The rest of the complex included temples and lodgings for pilgrims who spent a night at Epidaurus; “In their dreams, the god himself would advise them what they had to do to regain their health” [Wikipedia].  There are still stone slabs on which ancient pilgrims have inscribed testimonials about the miraculous healing of their conditions.2019-10-16-73933.jpg

Overall, a fascinating site. Check out the photo gallery for more.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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