The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens. Going up the pedestrian Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and on and past the theatre of Dionysus and other important monuments also known as the Herodeion. It was the third Odeon constructed in ancient Athens after the Pericles Odeon on the south slope (fifth century) and the Agrippa’s Odeon in the ancient Agora. The construction of the monument during the second century AD was sponsored by Tiberius Claudius Herod Atticus, renowned offspring of an important Athenian family and a benefactor. The exact date of construction is unknown, but it was certainly built sometime after Regilla’s death and 174 AD, when the traveller and geographer Pausanias visited Athens and referred to the monument in great admiration.
Built at the base of the Acropolis, the ancient amphitheatre of Herodeion, also known as the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, is today one of the best places to experience a live classical theatre performance. This ancient theater was built in the Roman times, in about 161 A.D. by the Roman philosopher, teacher and politician Herodes Atticus. It was built in the memory of his wife Aspasia Regilla who died in 160 AD.
Today you can attend the Athens Art Festival, musical concerts, ancient drama performances and classical tragedies under the night sky with a marvelous acoustic experience. All events are held from May to early October since the theatre is open.