Ancient Epidaurus, located on the Argolid peninsula of the Peloponnese, has made Greece known around the world as the cradle of drama.
The city hosts an impressive theater of the same name that is the most well-preserved among ancient arenas.
Although the numerous productions staged by Greek and international artists in the big Epidaurus theater ― which has a capacity of 13,000 ― have made headlines through the years, little is known about the small theater built on the southwestern slope of the acropolis of Epidaurus.
The theater, according to inscriptions, dates back to the 4th century B.C., and was constructed through the sponsorship of benefactors and local rulers of the era.
It was dedicated to Dionysus, god of grape harvest and the theater, and the events held there were celebrations of the Dionysian cult. One of the theater’s unique characteristics is its vivid inscriptions, which have given it the nickname “the theater that speaks.”
The theater’s excavation began in 1971, after it had remained hidden for 23 centuries.
Every summer, the small venue hosts “Musical July” program events, which include theatrical and musical performances.
This article first appeared on HuffPost Greece and has been edited for clarity.