Unos constructores en Atenas descubren un antiguo teatro griego
Photo: Sections of an ancient Greek theater are seen after they were discovered on Thursday during construction work. Until now, only two such buildings were known in Athens, where western theater originated more than 2,500 years ago. By Thanassis Stavrakis, AP
Unos constructores se toparon en Atenas con un teatro griego de 2.500 años de antigüedad que los arqueólogos creen que podría haber sido escenario de obras teatrales.
Los arqueólogos que están supervisando la excavación de los cimientos de un edificio en el área de Menidi, conocida en la antigüedad como Acarnia, descubrieron 13 filas de asientos de piedra caliza que probablemente formaban parte de un teatro al aire libre.
"Probablemente es un antiguo teatro del siglo IV a.C. Si tenemos suerte, podremos encontrar artefactos que nos ayudarán a entender exactamente qué era", dijo Vivi Vasilopoulou, director general de antigüedades del Ministerio de Cultura, que inspeccionó el sitio el viernes.
Los arqueólogos dijeron que el teatro puede datar de la era de oro de la antigua dramaturgia griega, cuando se presentaban las obras de Esquilo, Sófocles y Eurípides ante miles de personas.
El antiguo dramaturgo Aristófanes habla sobre Acarnia, hoy un distrito de clase trabajadora a unos 10 kilómetros al norte del centro de Atenas, y sus muchos carboneros, en su comedia "Los acarnienses".
Antiguos escritores mencionan el teatro de Acarnia, pero se necesitan mayores excavaciones para determinar la identidad del teatro que está enterrado parcialmente bajo una calle.
Hay otros seis teatros similares en la provincia de Ática, que incluye Atenas y la región que la rodea.
Vasilopoulou dijo que es prematuro decir si con el tiempo el teatro será abierto al público.
Fuente: Reuters, Atenas, 17 de Febrero de 2007
(2) Greek archaeologists discover ancient theater in Athens
Sections of an ancient Greek theater are seen after they were discovered on Thursday during construction work. Until now, only two such buildings were known in Athens, where western theater originated more than 2,500 years ago.
By Nicholas Paphitis, The Associated Press
ATHENS Sections of an ancient Greek theater were discovered on Thursday during construction work in an Athens suburb, archaeologists said. Until now, only two such buildings were known in the ancient city where western theater originated more than 2,500 years ago.
Fifteen rows of concentric stone seats have been located so far in the northwestern suburb of Menidi, according to Vivi Vassilopoulou, Greeces general director of antiquities.
"Another section appears to lie under a nearby road," she told The Associated Press.
"(The remains) were discovered during excavation work, supervised by archaeologists, for a new building," Vassilopoulou said. "But it is still very early to offer any conclusions."
The structure has not yet been dated, and further details are expected to emerge following a full excavation.
Menidi is thought to be built over the ancient village of Acharnae, the largest of a string of rural settlements outside ancient Athens. Ancient writers mention a theater at Acharnae, but no traces of it had been found until now.
The village was linked with Dionysos, the ancient god of theater and wine, as the Athenians believed that ivy his sacred plant first grew there.
Built in semicircular tiers on hillsides, ancient theaters were monumental, open-air structures that could seat thousands of spectators.
Theater first emerged as an art form in late 6th century B.C. Athens, where ancient playwrights competed for a prize during the annual festival of Dionysos in whose cult the art originated.
The works of Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides and Aristophanes were performed in the theater of Dionysos under the Acropolis.
Originally a terrace where spectators sat on the bare earth above a circular stage, it was rebuilt in stone during the 4th century B.C. and could sit up to 14,000 people.
Another smaller theater has been discovered in southern Athens.
Source: The Associated Press, 2/16/2007