Theater at Epidauros
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Architect Polykleitos
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Location Epidauros, or Epidhavros, Greece
Date ~ -300   timeline
Building Type open air ampitheater, theater
 Construction System bearing masonry, stone
Climate mediterranean
Context rural
Style Ancient Greek
Notes Exemplar of the classical ampitheater






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Discussion Theater at Epidauros Commentary

"Theatre, Epidaurus, built during the last quarter of the fourth century B.C....The harmony of its cavea, the way it 'sits' in the landscape with the semicircle hollowed out of the side of the hill, and the quality of its acoustics make the Epidaurus theatre one of the great architectural achievements of the fourth century. The circular orchestra provides the link with the stage buildings."

— Henri Stierlin. Comprende l'Architecture universelle. p62.

Sources on Theater at Epidauros

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p30. — Available at

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. perspective drawing, p126. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Howard Davis, University of Oregon. Slides from photographer's collection, 1988. PCD.2365.1012.0634.095. PCD.2365.1012.0634.094. PCD.2365.1012.0634.093

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. photo, plan and section drawings, p244. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN 0-19-503472-4. LC 84-25375. NA200.K65 1985. photo, f7.12, p148.

A. W. Lawrence. Greek Architecture. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967. NA270.L36. plan drawing, f166, p283. Pickard-Cambridge, Theater of Dionysus in Athens, plan 1.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. detail drawing of seating and steps, p63. elevation and plan detail drawing of cavea and stage wall linkage, p63. discussion, p62.

Doreen Yarwood. The Architecture of Europe. New York: Hastings House, 1974. ISBN 0-8038-0364-8. LC 73-11105. NA950.Y37. perspective drawing of theater, f56, p27. no image credit.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Theater at Epidauros


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