The Ancient Dodoni and the Ancient Theater of Dodoni
The Ancient Dodoni was a worship center of Zeus and Dionysus. It was also known as the oracle of the ancient Greek world. It is located geographically at a distance of about 2 km from the settlement of Dodoni and is situated in a closed, long valley, at the foot of Mount Thomas, at an altitude of 600 m.
The Ancient Theater of Dodoni was built in the 3rd century BC. on the reign of Pyrros and follows the design of all the Greek theaters. He had 18,000 spectators and was the greatest of his time. When the Naxos were celebrated in honor of Nai Zeus, in addition to the races at the stadium, theatrical plays also took place.
The theater was destroyed and repaired twice. The first time it was destroyed by the Aetolians with King Dorimachos in 219 BC, but the following year King Philip II of Macedonia began the repairs. In 167 BC, the Roman general Emilio Paul destroyed it until 31 BC. the Roman Emperor Octavian August repaired it to be used as a arena for robberies by the Romans. The wall that is in front of the first seats was built at this time to protect viewers from the beasts.