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“Democracy or culture.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Odeion

The Odeion
Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #17 of 42 Attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins, Theaters, Cultural
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Owner description: This small, enclosed theater was used for concerts as well as political events. The theater contained 23 tiered rows of seating in a semi-circular shape, which could accommodate up to 1450 spectators.
Geel, Belgium
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“Democracy or culture.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Intresting to read the two versions of these ruins: in greek time it was the peoples parliament (for the 'citizens'), and in roma time it was for the 'elite' - culture. O tempora o mores...

Visited April 2014
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“An attractive site with a very interesting story”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Although far smaller than the grand theater, it has a fascinating story to tell, which the audio-guide relates and which the better guide books will tell.

Visited March 2014
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Semi circular theatre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

In very good condition. It was built in 150 A.D., financed by a very wealthy citizen, Vedius Antonius. Odeion, as most of the ancient theatres, had a cavea (auditorium), an orchestra and a stage. It was the seat of the Council Chamber, a meeting place for the politicians (Vouleftirion) but theatrical performances took place there too. It was also used for concerts and special social events. No gutters for the rain water, were found. This means that this luxurious structure must have been roofed and consequently protected against any damage from the water.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“2nd best but still very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Yet another 2nd Cent. building to which Time and the Elements were not kind. It still displays enough to bring a lump to your throat, but see it before the Theatre, if you can, as it is dwarfed by the latter. In contrast to the 25,000 seating capacity of its rival, it held only 1,500 persons.Its most important function was political: it served as the home of the smaller and more elite ruling body that governed Ephesus, and in a way could be considered its Senate. The larger more plebeian assembly met in the Theatre. It was also the site of lectures and concerts, and unlike the Theatre, was roofed. It still is pretty large, with 23 tiers divided into upper and lower sections by a circumferential walkway, and 3 vertical staircases to carry participants up and down the levels. The 2-storey stage is presently strewn with fallen pillars and other bits of masonry. In any other setting, it would be a stand-out.

Visited October 2013
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Smaller of Theatres”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We started our tour from the top gate and worked our way down the hill. Not far from the gate is The Odeon, a small theatre where the advisory council held their meetings to decide on important issues. Our guide mentioned that concerts have also be held there and we recently saw the movie "The Ghost Rider" with Nicholas Cage which was partly shot there.

Visited September 2013
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