The archaeological site, as the Number One Sanctuary of Ascalepius (sic!), "God of Healing"--the Ancient Greek version of the "Ultimate Medical Centre"--is supremely important! Here you understand not only how the "cures" were effected (through auto-suggestion and dreams with the odd snake occasionally thrown in for good measure), but how the Ancient Greek sick and those who brought them to be cured were entertained (stadium and "games", theatre, hostels....).
The Epidavrus Festival, summer performances of Ancient Greek dramatists (and also performances of other types) held in the Epidaurus Theatre, is incredibly good if you are lucky enough to be in Greece at the right time and have an evening available. We attended this year's opening performance of Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" and it was totally brilliant (even though we definitely do not speak a word of Ancient Greek). It was a brilliantly-staged , modern "minimalist" performance with amazingly clever use of 8 actors and only a few props which was wholly absorbing. As the accoustics in the almost perfectly-preserved (with round, not semicircular, "stage" missing only it's central altar to Dionisius, and mathmatically-perfect Ancient theatre are so wonderful, wherever you sit you can see and hear even a whisper from the "stage" area perfectly!
Tickets currently this season, are 50 euros (center, lower tier, with cushions), 40 euros, 30 euros (great seats centre, just above the 50 euro tiers) and 20 euros (presumably the upper tier). You need to get there about an hour before the performance to stake out your seating because seats are not numbered, but rather sold in "tier sections". Busloads of people from Athens, even in these times of "austerity" came for this performance. BRILLIANT EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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