ODEION OF AGRIPPA
Explore this ancient Athenian wonder in virtual reality. Available now, free for a limited time only.
Odeion of Agrippa, Athens
The Odeion of Agrippa occupied central pride of place in the Athenian agora. A gift of Augustus’ son-in-law M. Vipsanius Agrippa, this building was a potent symbol of Rome’s deep respect for Greece’s cultural legacy, and would have hosted musical performances, poetry recitations and exhibitions of rhetoric skill. Constructed around 15 BC, it had a seating capacity of about 1,000. The interior of the building was richly decorated with marble, and the stage building featured alternating marble slabs and Herms.
After the Odeion was destroyed by a fire in AD 267 it was rebuilt as gymnasium, in the Greek sense, i.e. a centre for higher learning. Today, the building stands out as an enigmatic structure during a visit to the Athenian agora, thanks to the three statues of tritons that were re-erected in the 19th century by the Greek Archaeological Society.
Our virtual reality reconstruction brings the observer onto the stage, with views out towards the audience. The striking decoration on the floor and walls serve as a reminder that colour was used as an important element in ancient building spaces.
Easy to use
All that is needed for this cutting edge VR experience is a smartphone and a VR headset. We recommend purchasing a Google Cardboard, which retails for about $15 USD.
Whether you’re an archaeology student learning about the ancient world, or an intrepid traveller backpacking through modern day Greece, this app is the perfect way to get in touch with the ancient world.
Every detail has been approved by a team of professional archaeologists to ensure accuracy. For this reason, the app can be considered not only for entertainment purposes but also as a useful educational tool.
KEY VANTAGE POINTS
You are sitting in the front row of the audience, looking towards the stage. You could have been listening to any number of impassioned talks from leading philosophers of the day. Take note of the floor, with its ornate green and purple marble incisions.
From this vantage point you can appreciate the scale and size of the building. Imagine yourself lecturing to a room full of eager listeners. Gaze up towards the ceiling and the pilasters on the upper sections of each wall.
Back of the theatre: statuary
Staring down at you is a large statue draped in a richly decorated garment. It stands on top of striking marble floor, with triangular patterns. Pay attention to the size of the statue and how itadds to the atmosphere of the building.
Back of theatre: towards stage
You are at the back of the seated area, looking towards the stage. Light floods this room, with its prominent colour palette on full display. Now considered incongruous, splendidly painted buildings were usual of the period. Notice the statues positioned on the lower section of the wall.