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The Odeion or Bouleuterion in the Upper Agora, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

The Odeion or Bouleuterion (2nd century AD), in the Upper Agora.
The Odeion or Bouleuterion

The semi-circular theatre is built into the foot of the north slope of Mount Pion (όρος Πίων; today Panayır Daği), on the north side of the Upper "State" Agora. It was used as a bouleuterion (βουλευτήριον), for meetings city council (βουλή, boule), and as an odeion (ᾠδεῖον, singing place) for artistic performances, such as concerts and poetry readings. Although it appears small in comparison with the Great Theatre, the Odeion is estimated to have had a seating capacity of 1400.

The original theatre was built during the Hellenistic period. It went through several phases of construction and reconstruction, and its present form it thought to date from around 149-150 AD. An inscription identifies Publius Vedius Antoninus as having financed the building. Two inscriptions found in the Odeion, one a letter from Emperor Hadrian, are now in the British Museum.

See a plan of the Odeion below.


See also the Odeion of Herodes Atticus in Athens.
An entrance to the Odeion, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

One of the side entrances at the front of the Odeion, Ephesus,
with a crucifix carved on the lintel, and above it graffiti (see below).
Graffiti above the doorway in the Odeion, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

Graffiti above the doorway in the Odeion:
a head (left) and part of another object.
 
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The west side of the cavea (audience seating) of the Odeion, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

The west side of the cavea (audience seating) of the Odeion.
Plan of the odeion in Ephesus by John Turtle Wood at My Favourite Planet

Plan of the odeion and elevation of the existing ruins according to the British architect
and archaeologist John Turtle Wood (1821-1890) who excavated at Ephesus 1863-1874.

John Turtle Wood, Discoveries at Ephesus, page 53. Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1877.
 
 
 
 
The Odeion or Bouleuterion from the south side of the Agora Basilica at My Favourite Planet

The Odeion or Bouleuterion from the south side of the Agora Basilica.
The stage area of the Ephesus Odeion from the top of the seating area at My Favourite Planet

The orchestra (stage area) of the Odeion from the top of the cavea (seating area).
Map, photos and articles: © David John

Additional photos: © Konstanze Gundudis

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Some of the information and photos in this guide to Ephesus
originally appeared in 2004 on davidjohnberlin.de.
 
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