Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Athens Overview

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, located on ancient Tripidon Street, is an elegant marble monument with gorgeous Corinthian-style columns. The first ancient monument built in the Corinthian order, the monument has replicas all over the world but this is the only Lysicrates monument that still remains intact.

Standing in a small garden and only a few steps away from the Acropolis Museum, it has a circular statue, raised on a high squared podium. The Choragic Monument is decorated with the adventure of Dionysos with the pirates as Lysicrates built the monument to commemorate a chorus that he sponsored Dionysos in a competition. The Theatre of Dionysus was performed on the pedestal of the monument. The scene from Lysicrates’ play depicting Dionysus defeating pirates by turning them into dolphins is still preserved on the walls of the monument.

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