The virtual theatres

The theatre at Epidaurus, Epidaurus, Greece

This is the great theatre at Epidaurus, one of the finest surviving examples of classical Greek theatre architecture. This immense structure was built in stone and carved out of the hillside at Epidaurus during the latter part of the fourth century BC. As a result, the theatre's 15000 spectators had not only a splendid view of the dramatic action presented within the confines of the theatre's structure, but also of the physical environment in which the theatre was set.

As one looks down from above in this bird's eye view, one can make out the three significant components of the theatre's architecture: the skene and paraskenion, the orchestra, and the theatron (or what would today be called the auditorium). This latter section is divided into an upper and a lower cavea..