• The oldest surviving and best preserved ancient Greek theater,located at the town of this name in Argolis on the Saronic Gulf. Itwas designed by the architect Polycleitus and built in about 340 BC.Partially restored in the late 19th century and now completely renovated,the theater is used for an annual summer festival of drama.

    The theater once contained a raised stage and a skene.The circular orchestra is about 66 feet across, and the seating area,or cavea, accommodated some 14,000 spectators. Radiating fromthe orchestra are 24 flights of steps; there are 32 lower tiers ofseats separated from 20 upper tiers by a wide passage, or diazoma.