Byzantine Odeon in Ikaria

The Byzantine Odeon of Ikaria Greece, Eastern Aegean: The Byzantine Odeon is located at the village of Kampos in the northern part of the island. It is on the ancient site of Oenoe, known to be one of the most fertile places on the island and the wealthy ancient capital of Ikaria.

The Byzantine or Roman Odeon, literally translating into small theatre was built in the 1st century AD. The remnants show that the Odeon has the same construction plan as the Roman theatres and is divided into three main sections including the scene, the orchestra, and the cavea. It served as a meeting place where the noblemen of Oenoe could gather and enjoy musical and theatrical events.

Apart from theatrical events, the Odeon is also thought to have been used for auditions reserved to magistrates, as well as important civil, military and religious people and their families.

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