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by Archaeology Newsroom

The excavations of 1881 at the theatre of Epidaurus

The author follows in the steps of Panagis Kavvadias when excavating.Kavvadias arrived in Epidaurus in March of 1881. The shape of the hollow was evident, but the theatre had become a thicket. The trees were cut down only to reveal a slope covered with earth of a thickness of approximately one and a half metres. The theatre had been preserved over the years by the vegetation covering it and by the landslide of earth from mount Kynarteion. The theatre of Epidaurus is the best preserved theatre of antiquity, built on a ravine. The theatre is a banked up hollow, built on the side of the ravine. The location of the theatre is such as to command a view of the valley of the sanctuary and of the surrounding mountains.