We all know the ancients were exquisite builders and architects Even when all that remains are ruins and relics, we ca tell the grandure of the ancient temples, sanctuaries, and theaters. Ine of the most outstanding feats of construction and engineering is ndoubtedly ancient epidaurus.

The theatre of Epidaurus was--and is--a huge theater, seating 15.000 people. The theatre was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC. In the time of the Hellenes, the theater had thirty-four rows. Another twenty-two were added in the time of the Romans. While there were many theaters in ancient Hellas, the theatre of Epidaurus is famous for its perfect acoustics. Even today, you can hear a match being struck on the stage from any point in the theater. For a limestone construction that's 2400 years old, that's pretty impressive.

As far as I'm aware, the theatre does not feature in myth. Yet, many plays of the ancient times would have been performed there. The theatre was further surrounded by huge structures. Besides the theatre, the polis of Epidaurus featured a ceremonial Hestiatoreion (a banqueting hall), baths and a palaestra (a wrestling school).

Recently I found a drone made video of the ancient site that fills me with such longing for its reconstruction that it's almost painful to watch. Still, I want to share it with all of you as it is sure to renew your desire to honour the Theoi with respect and love.