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Visiting the Hellenistic theater in Kos

 

The object was discovered during large-scale research conducted on the island in 1922 by the Italian Archaeological Mission. Due to the poor condition of the excavations, the area has not been protected or secured in any way.

 

In fact, it is even difficult to find a monument in a mountainous and forested area. The leading road is not of the best quality, but safe. You should not expect crowds of tourists here, on the contrary - rather no one.

 

How to get: It is a good idea to leave the car exactly where the coordinates are given below, it is a small square. On foot, literally a few meters, you have to go back to the (I hope so) gate in the fence, which is always open.

 

Further, walking a bit down the forest path, you have to look around carefully, because you can simply bypass the theater without noticing it.

History of the ancient Hellenistic theater in Kos

 

Archaeological research shows that as early as the 3rd century BC there was a theater here. A building material specific for this period was found. Probably not far away was a temple dedicated to Asclepius (the mythological guardian of the island) and his daughter, Hygieia. However, the Google map does not say where it was located.

 

What you can see today are the remains of the theater from the 1st century AD, i.e. from the period of the Roman Empire. The first two rows of seats are still in good condition. It is clear that there were many more, as evidenced by the steps leading today to ... nothing but trees - between which lie the stone remnants of their former glory.

 

The orchestra, or stage, had a diameter of 12.5 m. Proscenium, which in ancient times was the podium on which the action took place, was outside the stage. The remaining stones - foundations prove that the plan had dimensions of 3.25 m x 8.5 m. The auditorium was based on a natural hill and was made of white marble. Despite the fact that today the place does not impress anyone, the theater is one of the great Roman city theaters. It is said that it could seat as many as 13,000 spectators.

 

Today it is difficult to imagine, but archaeological research shows that it was 108 m wide. When you think about it, if there is a theater, there must have been a settlement here as well, a theater is never in a place without residential buildings. Today there is no trace of it, or there is still a lot to discover ...