Street of the Tripods

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Description

Starting from the beginning of the 5th century BC, it became customary for a choragos (the sponsor who paid for and supervised the training of a dramatic dance-chorus) who had won the contest at the Theatre of Dionysos to set up a choragic monument in the "Street of the Tripods". Such a choragic monument usually served as a support for the bronze tripod given to the winning choragos. These monuments were often adorned with wall paintings and sculptures.

This street, simply known as "Tripods" during our period of reference, started near the Eleusinion and circled the north side of the Akropolis Rock on a distance of 800 m up to the Odeion. The street was, with the road to the Akademeia, one of the favourite promenade of the Athenians.

References

Travlos, John, Pictorial dictionary of Ancient Athens, Books that matter, New York, 1971, p. 566

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