Athens Lysicrates monument

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Location: Plaka

The Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece: In the neighborhood of Plaka, few steps from the Acropolis Museum, there is the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. This monument was erected by the choregos Lysicrates to commemorate the award of the first prize in 335/334 BC to one of the performances that he had sponsored.

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The word choregos actually means sponsor in Greek. Choregoi were a very important and honorary title for the ancient Athenians. They actually sponsored the expenses and preparations of dramatic and musical performances during the festivals of Athens. When costs were not covered by the state, choregoi were appointed to pay the costs of costumes, masks, rehearsal costs, scene painting, sound effects and generally all the costs associated with a performance.

Choregoi were wealthy Athenians and it was considered an honor to take up this duty. In fact, the prizes for drama at the festival competitions of Athens were awarded jointly to the playwright and the choregos. To celebrate their victory, choregoi used to build monuments along the path leading to the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus, located at the foot of the Acropolis, where drama festivals would take place.

This is the reason that the Monument of Lysicrates was built. This monument is of a circular statue, raised on a high squared podium. This is the first ancient monument of Corinthian order on the exterior. Originally it was crowded with floral support for the bronze tripod where the prize of Lysicrates was put. Now it is surrounded by a lovely garden in the center of a small square.

Some versions of this choragic monuments include the Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill above Edinburgh UK and another structure in the Botanic Gardens of Sydney Australia.

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How to get there

There are many ways to reach the Monument of Lysicrates, from any location in Athens.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.

On foot: As the Monument of Lysicrates is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station, in approximately 10 minutes.

By metro: The closest metro station is “Acropolis” on line 2. Note that the Monument of Lysicrates is located within a 5-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.

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