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(ᾠδεῖον/ōideîon, Latin odeum). A space for reciting songs and poetry. Pericles had a rectangular colonnaded hall built on the southern slope of the Acropolis in Athens (Plut. Pericles 13,5f.; Paus. 1,20,4; connected by Vitr. 5,9,1 with Themistocles), which was called ōideîon. Its form was said to have been modelled on Xerxes' tent and was used for the musical agones in the Panathenaea. After its destruction in 87 BC, it was rebuilt by Ariobarzanes Philopator of Cappadocia (65-52 BC). Only partly excavated; details of the reconstruction a…

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Isler, Hans-Peter (Zürich), “Odeum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 11 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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