An ancient Roman odeon discovered by archaeologists at a remote site in Crete


An ancient Roman odeon has been discovered by archaeologists at a remote archaeological site on the island of Crete, Greece. The odeon was probably used by the Romans and their guests for various events such as city council meetings, lectures and musical competitions, as well as theatrical performances. The archaeological team found the rare Roman structure in the ruins of the town of Lissos, located in southwest Crete.

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According to Live Science, archaeologists have not investigated Lissos for several decades and since said archaeological remains are only accessible by sea or a long hike. It is because of this isolation that the site has been neglected. However, new archaeological work in Lissos has unearthed the odeon, which is equivalent to a modern auditorium where people can present in front of an audience.

The function of the odeon was confirmed to Live Science via email by Katerina Tzanakaki, deputy director of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Museums of the Ephoria of Antiquities in Chania.

Previous studies have shown that Lissos was inhabited long before its name was known in the history books during the 4e century BC This is probably due to the fact that the ancient city of Crete is located on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. From Cyrene, an ancient Greek city in present-day Libya, probably implies that Lissos was an important stopover for travelers passing through the Mediterranean routes.

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Unexpected excavations

The first phase of the Odeon excavation is when Tzanakaki and his team find part of the stage, with 14 rows of seats and two vaulted side chambers. The ancient Roman theater dates back to the height of the Roman Empire between the 1 AD to 4 AD, a time when the sanctuary of the Greek god of medicine and hero Asclepius at Lissos was converted into a political center with a new mosaic center.

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports said that for the first time in 62 years an excavation had been carried out, leading to the discovery of a large part of a public building and in the form of a conservatory or a parliamentary building. The Greek government department also pointed out that the excavations are part of a project to defend and protect the archaeological site of Lissos, Chania.

The Greeks and the Romans

Historical literature suggests that there is a cultural and religious resemblance between the Greeks and the Romans. Indeed, Greece did not decline as a culture, but rather was adopted and spread not only by the Romans but also by the Macedonians, the latter being ruled by Alexander the Great.

In particular, Greek literature and theater was an important aspect of Greek culture and influenced modern theater, which can be considered integrated by the Roman Empire and several other civilizations, according to the Khan Academy.

Following the discovery of the ancient Roman Odeon in Crete, which is located south of mainland Greece, shows the extent of the Roman Empire and how it continued an aspect of the ancient Greeks, who are believed to have fallen about 3,200 years old due to apparent drought. .

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