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Ancient Theater or Odeion of Lissos

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The  theatre   of   ancient   Lissos   belongs   to   the   Kallikratis   Plan   Municipality   of Kandanos-Selino and is quite close to the Asklepieion of the ancient city. Presumably the performances held there formed part of the healing process. The monument has not yet been excavated, while it has been subjected to destructive interventions duringthe long use of the area for mixed farming. The monument presents the characteristic layout of cavea, orchestra and stage building, of which the parascenia are preserved to some height. N. Platon used the oneon the left as a house while excavating the Asklepieion of Lissos. The cavea of the theatre is delineated on the upper slope of the west side of the Lissos valley, but it has obviously been robbed of many stones. To the right of the cavea, an old stone building, whose expropriation is in its final stages, incorporates a sizeable part of the ancient structure. The small size of the monument, 23 m. in diameter, and its discernible layout make it reasonable to supposethat it is an odeion. The visible walls are built of rough stones pointed with the distinctive Roman mortar.

Archaeologist Stavroula Markoulaki

Monument Name

Theatre or Odeion of Lissos

Category

Theatre or Odeion

Brief Description
The theatre has not been excavated. The monument presents the characteristic layout
of cavea, orchestra and stage building, of which the parascenia are preserved to some
height.
Images - Plans

There is a topographical plan of the surviving parts of the monument above ground (outline of the cavea, parascenia) and photographic documentation  of the current situation.

Documentation - Bibliography

Ν.   Πλάτων,  Ανασκαφή  Ασκληπιείου,   Κρητικά   Χρονικά   11   (1957),   336-337.  12 (1958), 465-467. ΑΔ 16 (1960), χρον. 273.

I. Sanders, Roman Crete (1982), 172.

Στ. Μαρκουλάκη, ΑΔ 49 (1994), Β2, χρον., 727.

Location

Lissos

Dating
No building phases are discernible in the current state of the monument. The visible
built sections date from the Roman era.
General Description of Monument

The monument presents the characteristic layout of cavea, orchestra and stage building, of which the parascenia are preserved to a certain height. N. Platon used the one on the left as a house while excavating the Asklepieion of Lissos. To the right of the cavea, an old stone building, whose expropriation is in its final stages, incorporates a sizeable part of the ancient structure. The small size of the monument, 23 m. in diameter, and its discernible layout make it reasonable to supposethat it is an odeion. The visible walls are built of rough stones pointed with the distinctive Roman mortar.  The monument is quite close to the Asklepieion and presumably the performances held there formed part of the healing process

Current Situation
The cavea of the theatre is delineated on the upper slope of the west side of the Lissos
valley, but it has obviously suffered extensive stone-robbing.
Excavations - Interventions
The monument has not yet been excavated. It has been subjected to destructive
interventions during the long use of the area for mixed farming.
Permitted Uses
Archaeological site open to the public.
Further Information
The monument belongs to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, and the site has been expropriated by the Archaeological Receipts and Expropriations Fund.
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