Today we visited Epidavros to experience one of the best preserved ancient Greek theaters. It was built 2,500 years ago to seat 14,000. The city state of Epidavros was able to build this amazing theatre due to the income generated by the healing center located here and founded by Asclepius, the mortal son of Apollo. The theatre itself has amazing acoustics. If you stand in the center of the stage and speak in a slightly raised voice (Molly) or regular voice (Theo) you can be heard in the most distant seat. Interestingly, they don’t know if the amazing acoustics come from expertise or luck, but either way, the limestone seating muffles the sound of those in the seats and amplifies the sound from the stage.
The archaeological site has a good example of an ancient gymnasium/stadium and the remains of the hospital and hotel. The two temples on the site have been “reconstructed” using modern material, which we found distracting, as did the professor whose lecture we surreptitiously listened to.