Byzantine Odeon At Ancient Oenoe

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. Oenoe was a prosperous city known throughout the ancient world for its viticulture and association with Dionysos - God of Wine.

The Byzantine or Roman Odeon, literally translating into ?small theatre? was built in the 1st Century A.D. 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. Oenoe has a history that goes back to around 750 B.C. Echoes of this history can be seen in the church of Agia Irini (St. Irene), parts of which date to the 11th century. Agia Irini is still used for regular church activities including weddings, baptisms, and memorial services. ...

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