Ear of Dionysius
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Dionysius used the cave as a prison for political dissidents, and by means of the perfect acoustics eavesdropped on the plans and secrets of his captives.
According to legend, the tyrant Dionysius dug the cave where the prisoners locked up, and lurking within a cavity upper listened to their talk.
Grotta a forma di orecchio gigante di origine greca. Si trova all'interno del reperto archeologico teatro greco.
L'Orecchio di Dionisio (o Orecchio di Dionigi) è una grotta artificiale che si trova nell'antica cava di pietra detta latomia del Paradiso, sotto il Teatro Greco di Siracusa. Scavata nel calcare, è alta circa 23 m, larga dai 5 agli 11 m e si sviluppa in profondità per 65 m, con un andamento ad S…
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“Established in the 18th century, since 1988 the museum is located in the headquarters of Villa Landolina and is dedicated to the great archaeologist Paolo Orsi, who carried out the main studies on the city. The Archaeological Museum "Paolo Orsi" collects the most important documentation of prehistory, the protohistory of Sicily and famous works of Greek and Roman art, ceramics, marbles, architectural decorations. The oldest finds range from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age; notable objects that testify to The Egee, Anatolian and Mycenaean influences. Precious are the kits of the Greek-Sicule necropolis, the ceramic material, the dense reliefs, the archaic statues. Gemma of the Museum is the "Venus anadiomene", called Venus Landolina after her discoverer, a statue of Roman-Hellenistic invoice. The material also comes from excavations of the many Greek colonies of Sicily, from Megara Hyblea, to Eloro, Akrai, Kasmenai, Kamarina and from numerous Hellenized indigenous centers. Since 2010 it is also open to the public...”
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“The history of the Roman amphitheater is quite discussed, but it was probably built around the third century AD. Along the road that leads to the Amphitheatre are arranged stone sarcophagi, found in necropolidi Syracuse and Megara Iblea. The Amphitheatre, carved into the rock except in the south side, has the top of all missing. The great blocks of which it was composed were removed, then by the Spanish in the sixteenth century for the construction of the ramparts of the island of Ortigia. The size of the amphitheater, elliptical, are remarkable: m.140x90. Under the Sand (m.70x40), enclosed by a high podium, there is a high m.1.60 corridor, called "crypt", which was used for the output of gladiators and wild animals. Above the podium were the first steps for the spectators to respect, with over engraved with the names of the personalities who occupied those places, as proof of this, it is still one of marble with the name. Followed, then in height, the ima cavea, the only auditorium remained, while the average and the summa cavea caveasi can only imagine the foundations remain. At the center of the arena is dug underground (15.50x8.70 m) deep 2.50 m., Were places where the machinery for the shows, as can be seen by other amphitheatres of magnitude as that of Syracuse. The entrance was to the south, where the converging road that divided the Acradina from Neapolis. ”
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