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Aptera: Ancient Theater in Chania to reopen after 17 centuries

The Ancient Theatre of Aptera in Chania on the island of Crete will revive its old days of glory after 17 centuries with a special performance: the dramatized narration of a rhapsody from Homer’s “Odyssey.”

Actors Sofia Hill and Antonis Myriagos will performe in the company of musicians Giorgos Kaloudis on the lyre and Ruth Hill on the qanun (kanonaki in Greek).

The event is organised by the Chania Antiquities Ephorate in cooperation with the Crete regional authority and other agencies. and is scheduled for Friday, June 29th 2018.

According to state news agency,  the event organizers said ‘in the rhapsody we see the heroes crushed not by the blind and uncontrolled vengefulness of the gods but by their own disobedience and overstepping of the limits, something that constitutes defiance in the classical ethical norm ‘hubris, nemesis, tisis’ (atonement),which characterises the ancient Greeks’ world view.”

The archaeological site of Aptera, is located 5 km from the city of Chania, south of Souda Bay, on a hill above the national road which connects Chania with the city of Rethymno.

Aptera was the most powerful city of western Crete during the Minoan times.

The findings of the archaeological excavations reveal details about the settlement’s composition, the city’s architecture, the religion and habits of Apterean residents who were keen archers.

Although the earliest mention of the Aptera is found as a-pa-ta-wa on the Linear script B tablets of Knossos, which dated to the 14th-13th century BC, the currently rich findings of the excavations indicate that the hill was inhabited the 8th century BC until the 7th century AD, when abandoned due to a strong earthquake and because of the attacks by the Saracen Arab pirates.

Entrance to the performance will be free of charge, with the presentation of named coupons that will be available from Monday, June 18 until Monday, June 25 at the offices of the Chania Antiquities Ephorate. The event is scheduled to start at 20:30, while the doors to the site will open from 19:45 until 20:15.

The Ancient Theater was recently largely restored.

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2 comments

  1. I wouldlike to visit this event. Where can I find the office in Chania for the tickets?