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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, which is symbolically used for the award design of the new classical Driehaus Architecture Prize.HistoryThe circular structure, raised on a high squared podium, is the first Greek monument built in the Corinthian order on its exterior. It was originally crowned with an elaborate floral support for the bronze tripod that was the prize Lysicrates' chorus won. Its frieze sculptures depict episodes from the myth of Dionysus, the god whose rites developed into Greek theatre. It stands now in its little garden on the Tripodon Street ("Street of the Tripods"), which follows the line of the ancient street of the name, which led to the Theater of Dionysus and was once lined with choragic monuments, of which foundations were discovered in excavations during the 1980s.
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  • Happen to stumble across this quite by accident, and maybe not give importance, but it's a testament to how important it was to the theatrical art in ancient Greece. It was built to celebrate the victory of Lysicrates, that organizing a show in the theater of Dionysus he won first prize. The monument is Corinthian columns and the frieze represents, in fact, stories of the God Dionysus.
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  • This is a beautiful monument architecturally. It is round and well-proportioned. This apparently is the earliest use of Corinthian capitals on the outside of a building. It is set in a lovely square w...  read more »
  • Lysicrates monument, the only preserved monument dedicated to the winners of the choregiów-that is, theatre competitions with the elements of the liturgy)-once they were placed along the road that leads from the theater of Dionysus to the Greek Agora. Frieze of the monument shows the overwhelming Dioniozosa of pirates in the dolphins. The object itself is located in Plaka.
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  • If you walk from Monastiraki to Plaka or to the Acropolis, you will see the Lyssicrates choragic monument
  • check the histroy of this monument dont bypass it
  • Nice area. Just too many tourists!
  • Best place to sit in the shade in a bench!
  • Amazing! Still there after so many years!
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