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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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  • Nice little monument located in between the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. Cool history behind the monument. 
  • Not the most ornate or interesting looking monument until we discovered that it was the first use of the Corinthian decoration in 334BC, such as seen on the massive Temple of Zeus just down the street...  more »
  • 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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  • If you walk from Monastiraki to Plaka or to the Acropolis, you will see the Lyssicrates choragic monument
  • The area is very nice. The monument is very hard to read. It served as a great meet up spot for our small group of we spread out to shop.
  • Very beautiful place!
  • Small monument, nice restaurants by it. In the middle of tourist shops and souvunir places
  • One of the most beautiful spots for a quiet moment, a drink or just admiring the views