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Acoustic Perfection - Amphitheater at Epidaurus

Twenty-five hundred years ago, ancient Greeks built an arena which still produces stunning, unamplified sound.

If, for example, a matchstick is dropped in the center of the original stage, people sitting in the top row (fifty-five tiers high) can hear it. (Move the video clip forward to 4:45 to watch the relevant segment.)


Media Credits

From Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece, directed by Chris Lethbridge, presented by John Shrapnel and produced by Green Umbrella. Copyright, Green Umbrella, all rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.  Broadcast, also, by the Discovery Channel.

 

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