CHAT TOURS: Mycenae and Epidaurus Full-Day
Depart 8:45am/Return 7:00pm
Departures: Apr. 1 – Oct. 31 2016-Every Tue., Wed., Thurs., & Sat.
Nov. 1 – Mar. 31 2016-Every Tue. & Sat.
Drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf and visit Mycenae. Mycenae, “Rich in Gold”, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epic poems. Mycenae was the most important and richest palatial center of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greece, the Mycenaean Civilization. Drive through Argos and on to Nauplia, the first capital of Greece in 1829. After lunch visit Epidaurus. On the cape of “Nesi” at Palaia Epidaurus is the theater of the ancient city. The theater is quite well-preserved (Apart from a few rows of seats). The semicircular seating is made of limestone with poros staircases.
Until now, nine sections containing eighteen rows of seats have been excavated and originally could accommodate about 2000 spectators. All the benches and thrones of the theater carry inscriptions with the names of the donors indicating a direct relationship of the monument with the cult of Dionysus.
The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits an almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the ancient stage to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.