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Against the sloping backdrop of the Makrygianní quarter of Athens the top of the west part of the façade of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is displayed. It is situated at the south-west flank of Acropolis. Obviously it’s a Roman structure ( 161 A.D.), postdating the ancient Greek ruins on the Akropolis with many centuries. It’s diameter is 80m and it seats 5,000people.
Odeon's are in one respect different then theaters – they had wooden roofs for the acoustics. The Odeon was donated to the city by the Greek Herodes Atticos, in memory of his wife Appia Annia Regilla who was a Roman priestess.
He was a teacher/advisor of the roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. He was born in Marathon and is also known for having restored many ruined cities in Greece, and building the stadium in Delphi and the baths in Thermopylae.
Nowadays the Odeon is put back to use as a theatre. In a WS I posted a bigger part of the façade, taken from the entrance side.
Pic stats: Focal length 35 mm, F 6,3, shutter 1/250, -0,3 EV, 100 ASA. The pic was taken with a circular polarizer. Even with this aid it was difficult to cut through the haze and smog.
PS-E2 tech: heavily cropped, levels & contrast adjusted (for the sky separately), saturation boosted, sharpened two times, frame added and saved for the web

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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