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Notes on the Geography of Greece: Modern Athens: Photo 17

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Not far away is the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, built in 334 B.C. on the Street of Tripods that wrapped around the Acropolis and connected the Theater of Dionysus to the agora. These tripods commemorated prize-winning plays. This one, which commemorates both Dionysus and Lysicrates, is bigger than it looks: the drum is 9 feet in diameter, though hollow. The columns around it mask its joints. An inscription reads: "Lysikrates, son of Lysitheides, of Kikynna, was choragos when the boy-chorus of the des of the phyle Akamantis won the prize. Theon was the flute-player, Lysiades of Athens trained the choir, Euaenetos was archon."

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