Monday, August 17, 2009

Greece under the Roman period

Greece soon came under the influence of Rome (Through many wars, revolts and other twists roughly between 216 and 146 Bc) and as the city quickly conquered the "known world" during the last centuries Bc. It might be interesting to know that you see almost as much from the Roman period in Athens as you see things that are "purely Greek". I will therefore spend some time going through important Roman pieces in Greece, most of the remains come from the Roman imperial period.

First out is Agrippas Odeon (from ca 15 Bc) in the central parts of the Athenian Agora, the building was once a "covered theatre" presumably used for recitations and music arrangements. Here we see what's left of the entrance, one of four pillars in the shape of men (or is it giants, tritons or something else?).

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