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Acropolis, Athens, Greece: theatre for poetry and music
We saw the columns of the ancient Temple of Zeus, below the Acropolis. Met at 3pm in front of the Parliament Building opposite the square. Saw the Academy of Science and the University of Athens. Saw Hadrian’s Arch near the Temple of Zeus.
Streets here are tree lined for shade in the hot summers.
When the Ottoman Turks conquered Athens in the 15th century AD, there was major damage to the buildings of Athens. The Turks used the temple buildings as gunpowder magazines, and the buildings were destroyed by a lightning stroke and also by a cannon setting off the gunpowder. Now the Acropolis is being rebuilt as it was in the 5th century BC.
We saw the Odeon of Haratio Atticus, an enclosed building that seated 5,000 people, where poetry and music contests were held. The theatres where drama was presented were always open air _.