Archaeologists Discover Roman-Era Odeon in Crete

Recent archaeology research in Greece has uncovered an odeon in the ruins of an ancient Roman-era town located in an isolated area of southwest Crete. The discovery of the structure, which is similar to a modern auditorium, is the first excavation at the archaeological sites of Lissos in more than sixty years.

  • ART NEWS – Katerina Tzanakaki, deputy head of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Museums at the Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania, directed the project.
  • ARCHAEOLOGY – Katerina Tzanakaki of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania and her colleagues have uncovered part of the odeon’s stage, 14 rows of seats, and two vaulted side chambers.
  • GREEK REPORTER – The findings are mainly from the Archaic period (700-500 BC) and were brought to light by the excavation of the central area of ​​the ancient temple of Demeter.
  • LIVE SCIENCE – Previous research showed that Lissos was inhabited long before its name made it into history books in the fourth century B.C. Its location across the Mediterranean Sea from Cyrene, a major ancient Greek city in present-day Libya, likely meant that Lissos was an important stop on Mediterranean trade routes.