Monument of Lysikrates, Athens

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The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates near the Acropolis of Athens was erected by the choregos Lysicrates, a wealthy patron of musical performances in the Theater of Dionysus, to commemorate the award of first prize in 335/334 BCE to one of the performances he had sponsored. The choregos was the sponsor who paid for and supervised the training of the dramatic dance-chorus.The monument is known as the first use of the Corinthian order on the exterior of a building. It has been reproduced widely in modern monuments and building elements.
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  • The monument is located within the neighborhood of Plaka and is called Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. It was founded by the cellist Litescrates (Choregos Lysicrates – in ancient Greece the Czech was a wealthy Athenian citizen elected and appointed by the citizens and took on the funding of the choir that was not funded by the government. The funding included all expenses, costumes and accessories to the salary. Lysicrates was a patron of the choir (an ancient Greek chorus included between 12 and 50 musicians and actors who were playing, singing, dancing and reciting their ranks) that appeared at the Dionysus Theatre and won for its emergence in the first place in 334 or 335 B.C. At that time it was customary for the raid, of the winning band, to set up a monument in honor of winning and honoring itself. This monument was considered an architectural breakthrough, since it was the first structure to be used by the Corinthian order (one of the three classic arrangements in ancient Greek architecture. The decorative page title is likely to spend...
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  • Set back off the road it would be easy to miss this ancient monument but as mentioned in previous reviews it is significant purely for the fact it dates from 5th cent. BC if nothing else. Take the tim...  more »
  • Located in Lysikrates Square on the edge of the Plaka district, the monument is attractive, but in all honesty is just a 3 minute photo opportunity, unless you are a love of Greek drama. Lysikrates wa...  more »
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  • It's a nice piece of history tucked right into the markets. Don't be alarmed by the insane amount of cats in the area. Also don't be lame and take pictures standing in the street. This is an active road and no one wants to see a tourist get ran over taking a selfie. Be kind and move to the right if you are a slow walker.
  • Would recommend learning the history behind Lysicrates before going to see this in order to make it more meaningful, because it's small and quick in comparison to the other monuments in Athens.
  • Ancient monument in Plaka, which had surrounding cafes in Athens. With shops, restaurants all around the monument. Please feel free to click on like. Thanks
  • A monument to remind us that many ancient theatrical races were sponsored by Lysicrates.
  • Something cool happens here all the time. From live music to live entertainmenta...
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