When the Dionysus Theater was built, in the 4th century BC, it was built instead of an older theater that stood here. Today, only 20 rows have survived, less than a third of the original amount, which was 64 rows. In ancient times, this was a place to come and see plays, the theater could fit about 15,000 people, and it is estimated that about 17,000 would sit here at one point.
The Dionysus Theater had a role in the history of theater. Right here, in the ancient theater over which it was built, the greatest Greek classic dramas were performed, by Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes. In the first rows used to sit the city's dignitaries, and here some of the most famous plays were performed.
In the Roman period a new stage was built here, and even a paved area for a band. If you look through the rows of the ancient theater, you will find a seat that is decorated differently from the rest, in one of the first rows of the theater. This was the seat for the Priest of Dionysus, during the Roman rule of Athens.
The theater in the past had a covered roof made of wood, that seems to have been damaged during a fire. Either way, today both ancient theaters are used for open-air concerts, under the bright sky.
The entrance is free on the first Sunday of every month, except during tourist season (July-September), they the free entrance is actually on the second Sunday of every month. Also, every Sunday between November 1st and March 31st the entrance is also free.
Winter months - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm