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games and other religious festivals took place, which made this theatre the intellectual and artistic equivalent to the athletic stadium at Olympia. The theatre's original form is unknown; it is possible that the spectators sat on wooden seats or on the ground. The first stone-built theatre was built in the fourth century BC and was subsequently refurbished several times. The theatre's present form, with its stone-paved orchestra, stone seats and decorated stage, is the result of a 160/159 BC restoration sponsored by Eumenes II of Pergamon. The cavea, built partly on bedrock (to the north and west) and partly on fill (to the south and east), is divided into two uneven sections by a paved diazoma, or landing (twenty seven tiers of seats in the lower section and seven in the upper). It is also divided vertically by a series of staircases into six and seven cunei for the upper and lower sections respectively. The theatre could seat five thousand spectators. The horse-shoe-shaped orchestra is surrounded by an enclosed conduit; its pavement and parapet are Roman. Inscriptions relevant to the emancipation of slaves are embedded in the walls of the parodoi, but their texts have become illegible through wear. The stage, of which only the foundations remain, was probably divided into the proscenium and the stage proper; its front was adorned with a relief frieze depicting the Labours of Hercules. Information taken R. Kolonia, archaeologist Bibliography (last visit June 2012) "Delphes: Cent ans apres la Grande Fouille", BCH Suppl. 36 (2000) Πεντάζος Β., Picard O., Δελφοί, αναζητώντας το χαμένο ιερό, Αθήνα 1992 Maass M., Delphi: Orakel am Nabel der Welt 1996 Έλενα Κ. Παρτίδα, Δελφοί - Δαυλός και Δίαυλος Πολιτισμού., Αθήνα 2004 Bommelaer J.F., Laroche D., Guide de Delphes - Le Site, Παρίσι 1991, 207-212. Bommelaer J.F., "Das Theater" in Delphi, Oracel am Nabel der Welt 1996, 95-104


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