Ancient Ionian city to reunion artists

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Add Date : 17.08.2011 11:47

Ancient Ionian city to reunion artists


An odeon in the ancient city of Teos, one of the 12 Ionian cities found within İzmir’s Seferihisar district, is to reopen to artistic events again after hundreds of years.
The Odeon in the ancient city of Teos is known for its interest in art and artists. Now works have been continuing to revive the city as an art venue after centuries.
An odeon in the ancient city of Teos, one of the 12 Ionian cities found within İzmir’s Seferihisar district, is to reopen to artistic events again after hundreds of years.
“We plan to organize theater events in the area,” said Ankara University member Associate Professor Musa Kadıoğlu, adding that the art would likely return to the stage after three years of restorations by a 25-person team. “Work is also continuing to turn the city into a site of ruins. We have finished the establishment of the destination boards and are working on creating paths for visitors. This place will be a very exciting one when the Odeon opens as an art venue. It will become a center contributing to the cultural life of society after hundreds of years.”
Teos possessed the largest Dionysos Temple in the Hellenistic world, according to Kadıoğlu.
Noting that restoration on the temple, which was constructed by the famous architect Hermogenes, would soon begin, Kadıoğlu said: “In this way, we will revive the city’s artistic image. Because the city is known for its interest in art and artists, and the world’s first artists’ union was established in this city. The Dionysos Artists’ Union remained in the city until the end of the 3rd century A.D but dissolved because of some disagreements.”
Work to clean, document and restore the four-square-kilometer area, which dates back to 1000 B.C., began again last year after a 12-year hiatus. SEFERİHİSAR, İzmir - Anatolia News Agency