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Unformatted text preview: The Theater and Theatrical Equipment The Greek theater was built in the open air and was generally quite large; the Theater of Dionysus at Athens, for example, had more than 17,000 seats. The theaters were usually built in hollowed-out hillsides and despite their size had excellent acoustics, so that words spoken by the performers could easily be heard in all sections. The theatron was the area in which the audience sat. It was shaped like a horseshoe and had rows of stone seats rising upward and backward in tiers. In the first row were stone thrones for the principal citizens and the priest of Dionysus. The circular area at ground level that was enclosed on three sides by the U-shaped theatron was known as the orchestra, or dancing place of the chorus. In its center was the thymele, an altar to Dionysus on which sacrifices were made and which was sometimes used as a stage prop during...
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- Fall '08