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Theatre of Epidaurus

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The Theatre of Epidaurus, and yes you can sit in the very back row of the theature and clearly hear the conversations on the stage. The theatre was built in the 4th Centure BCE, about 2400 years ago, and is part of the massive healing sanctuary of Epidaurus, the best in the classical world.

The theatre is still in use, and has seating for about 14000. Tickets are available here: https://whyathens.com/events/epidaurus-tickets/

Agamemnon’s tomb

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Ok firstly, this is almost certainly not the actual grave of Agamemnon. Agamemnon was the king of Mycenae and is most famous for his role in the sacking of Troy told to us in the Iliad by Homer (a book you really should read – I recommend Lattimore or Lombardo’s translations). But it is undoubtably the tomb of a king, and probably a king that pre-dates Agamemnon.

The door to this tholos tomb (beehive tomb) measures over 5m tall, the lintel above the door, which weigh over 100tons each!

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We will never know who was burried there, but it is a remarkable place to visit.

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The Lion Gate

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The Lion Gate was the main entrance of Mycenae. It is over 3200 years old. Agamemnon, the Mycenae king and hero in the Iliad by Homer would have walked through this gate to start his travels to fight in Troy, and it was in Mycenae that upon returning from surviving a 10 year war in Troy he was murdered by his wife.

It is a massive structure and a remarkable feeling to trace the footsteps of people that have featured so much in the Greek epics.

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