The Theatre of Dionysus - Lycurgian Period


Throughout the 5th century BC the Theatre of Dionysus was wooden. It had existed for at least 150 years before the skene was first built of stone. At the same time, permanent seating was provided for the spectators. This version of the Theatre is named after Lycurgus, an Athenian statesman, who probably ordered the Theatre to be rebuilt around 330 BC. The Lycurgian skene had two "wings" which looked like porches. These paraskenia helped to frame the performance of the actors in front of the skene's doors.

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