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Open-air seating

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The word ‘theatre’ comes from the

Greek ‘theatron’, which actually referred to the seating area rather than the stage. Built into the southern slope of the Acropolis, the auditorium was arranged in semicircle so everyone could hear and see the show. It had a capacity of 17,000, which was a good thing as attendance for the early, more religious plays was virtually compulsory for all citizens.

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