Rare Roman-era odeon discovered in Crete

It is in the southwest of the Crete the discovery was made. Near the ruins of Lissos, archaeologists have unearthed an ancient Roman odeon, reports LiveScience. The place had never been really explored, because of its isolation between sea and mountains and its inaccessibility by road. It had been about fifty years since excavations had been carried out at this place.

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A well-preserved odeon

During their excavations, archaeologists discovered part of the stage, fourteen rows of seats and two vaulted side chambers. As the odeon is adjacent to the center of the ancient city, archaeologists assume that the place may have hosted political events, such as town councils. The place could also have hosted theatrical performances or musical competitions.

Archaeologists believe that the odeon, like the site of Lissos, was damaged by falling rocks, following a earthquake in the fourth century. But the place remains relatively well preserved which makes it a rare discovery. Specialists in archeology recall that“there are not many well-preserved theaters in Crete”. For its part, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture is delighted with this discovery, believing that this odeon will be able to bring “new historical and archaeological information” on Crete. The site still needs to be excavated in more detail before restoration work can be considered.

The ancient site of Lissos, where the Roman odeon was discovered, is open to the public. It is accessible by boat or on foot, provided you walk for two hours from the village of Sougia. On the spot, one can, in addition to ruins, chapels and ancient temples.

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