Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens — 4.1885-1886

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THE THEATRE OF THORICUS.

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the port of this place that Dionysus, the deity of the Athenian drama,
first landed in Attica.

"The outline of this theatre is not of a semicircular form; it is
of an irregular curve, nearly resembling the fourth of an ellipse, — the
longer axis commencing with the stage, and the seats beginning from
the lesser axis, and running in tiers rising above each other concen-
trically with the curve. They faced the south. The curved outline
of the kol\ov of the theatre formed part of the town wall; this
irregular form was perhaps adopted as more defensible than any
other.

" In the wall near the theatre is an old postern, surmounted by &
pointed arch formed in approaching horizontal courses, in the same
manner as the arches in the galleries at Tiryns. . . . The style and
massiveness of this postern . . . afford clear evidence of the great
antiquity and local importance of Thoricus."

From Fiedler's Reise durch Griechenland (1841), page 41 : —

" In this plain of Mandri, extending as far as the range of lime-
stone, stood old Thoricus, one of the twelve oldest cities of Attica,
now Theriko. On the lowest declivity of this hill an old theatre of
roughly dressed marble blocks is found. It shows little art."

From Vischer's Erinnerungen und Eindrucke aus Griechenland,
(1856) page 67 : —

" On the south slope of this hill appear extensive ruins of the
former prosperity of the district. The most conspicuous are the
remains of the theatre, whose periphery wall is fairly well preserved
in a very irregular curve, and with two abutments. Of the seats
nothing now remains. To the west are the mins of an ancient square
tower, ten feet high. Meagre remains of a stoa are still to be seen.
Old Thoricus appears to have spread over a considerable portion of
the valley besides."

From Bursian's Geographic van Griechenland (1862), Vol. I. page
353 (see Plate I. Fig. 1) : —

" Of the fortifications made in the twenty-third year of the Pelo-
ponnesian war remains are still found on the crest of the hills sur-
rounding the plain, especially on the hill to the north of the bay,
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