- one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe
- said to be the birthplace of the Greek hero Perseus
- important center of worship of Hera
- who was often called ‘Argive’ Hera
- Homer frequently refers to the Greeks as ‘Argives’
- Argos refused to participate in the defense of Greece against the invading Persians in the 5th century B. C.
- was shunned by other Greek city-states as a result
- most of the ancient city is now covered by the modern town
- will probably never be excavated
- J. K. Kophiniotis partially excavated the theater in 1892
- W. Vollgraff excavated between 1902 and 1930
- the French School has continued to excavate since 1952 under the direction of G. Daux and P. Courbin
- built ca. 320 B. C.
- may have been a major renovation of an earlier, smaller theatre
- renovated and enlarged by the Romans in the 2nd century A. D.
- it then had a seating capacity of 20,000
- built in the 5th century B. C.
- seated approximately 2,500
- renovated between A. D. 117 - 138
- now typically called an Odeum (or Odeion)
plan from http://www.whitman.edu/theatre/theatretour/argos/images/large%20images/argos.plan.jpg
Copyright © 2006 Thomas G. Hines, Department of Theatre, Whitman College