Epidaurus

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The Theatre

 

Surgical Tools

 

A New Well Head of One of the Many Springs

 

Triple Goddess

 

 

Epidaurus was the centre of a small independent state called Epidauria. Its fame is two fold, its reputation as a centre for healing, and its theatre.

 

The theatre is the largest and most preserved in Greece. Built in the 4th century BCE by Polyclitus it is unrivalled for its acoustics. I have heard several examples from poetry readings to singing. Its 14,000 seats are still in use each year for the performance of Greek tragedies and comedies.

 

Epidaurus is said to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios the healer, who's sanctuary was in the locality.

 

The cult of Asklepios started about the 6th century BCE, centred in the asclepieion at Epidaurus, making it the most prodigious treatment centre in the classical world, although several Asclepieions sprung up in other places.

 

As well as normal treatments the centre specialised in relaxation therapy centred on its hydro, there were many healing mineral springs in the area, and gymnasium.

 

Clients were housed overnight in a sleeping hall, where the God would visit them in their dreams and advise them on treatment.

Because of its fame for healing Epidaurus was always immune from any wars, although in 87 BCE it was looted by the Romans, and in 67 BCE again by pirates.

 

By the 2nd century CE the centre was run by the Romans until 395 CE when it was raided by Goths. It continued as a healing centre during xtian times, although the Oracle was no longer used.

 

The museum houses the most important finds of the ongoing excavations.

 

 

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