Thursday, January 24, 2013

Where One Might Hear a Pin Drop

Epidaurus was a small city in ancient Greece, and because of its reputation for being a place of healing, it attracted many visitors, bringing wealth and prosperity to the city. That wealth allowed the city to build marvelous monuments, including the theatre featured on this postcard.

Willemina writes about the amazing acoustics that allow the quietest sound made at center stage to be heard by every one of the up to 15,000 spectators, regardless of where they might be sitting. The 4th century BC theatre is still in use today! Willemina was there and she writes that it is fantastic.

Looking at the tiny people in this photo gives a good idea of the theatre's size. I think about how much climbing theatre goers would have to do if they didn't arrive early enough to grab a seat in the lower rows. But, at least if one did have to sit at the top, one would be assured of not missing a word spoken on the stage.

2 comments:

  1. I have been to Epidavros, and it is a stunning location, not just because of the acoustics. I recently saw Joanna Lumley on TV visiting the place - she took along Nana Mouskori, and managed to persuade her to sing from that centre spot. Quite a spectacle.

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  2. "The 4th century BC theatre is still in use today!" Amazing!

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