The Herod Atticus Odeon


The famous Herod Atticus Odeon dominates the western end on the south hillside of the Acropolis.

It was the third Odeon constructed in ancient Athens after the Pericles Odeon on the south slope (fifth century) and the Agrippa’s Odeon in the ancient Agora (15 BC).

The construction of the monument during the second century AD was sponsored by Tiberius Claudius Herod Atticus, renowned descendant of an important Athenian family and a benefactor.

He thus acted in remembrance of his wife Regilla, who died in 160 AD.

The exact date of construction is unknown, but it was certainly built sometime after Regilla’s death and we know that cause in 174 AD, the traveler and geographer Pausanias visited Athens and referred to the monument with great admiration.