Yesterday it was mythology in a book, today myths strut on the stage.
Medea, by Euripides (Legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece)
Oedipus and Antigone, two plays by Sophocles, (Legends from the Royal Family of Thebes)
In a graduate school seminar, I became fixated on traveling to Greece. The professor showed a series of slides of Greek theaters, each setting more spectacular than the last.
Delphi Theater photographed by "greekgeek"
Finally, he came to Delphi. I can still see that picture in my mind, and to me, Delphi is the 2nd most important “must see” for the Greek tourist, right after the Parthenon.
On my first trip to Greece, a Smithsonian-sponsored bus tour, I mentioned to our guide that I had recently played the nurse in a production of Medea. She said, “We are going to Epidaurus tomorrow. Would you like to speak your lines?” Would I? Even more than breakfasting on yogurt with honey and walnuts!
Epidaurus, the sanctuary of Asclepios, founder of medicine, sits in a quiet grove of pines, a landscape that quickly cures whatever is ailing you. The theater, unearthed from under those trees on a hillside and reassembled, has perfect acoustics. To test the way that sound carries, my new friends on the tour scattered themselves around the top rows of limestone seats which help carry the sound as clear as a bell. The enormous theater once seated 15,000 people. Continue reading