The Cheap Seats at Epidaurus — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches.

This photo shows four tourists seated in the top row of the Great Theater of Epidaurus in Greece. Even though they are 58 meters from the stage, the acoustics are so good that they and everyone else in the theater (which can accommodate 14,000 on 55 tiers of seats) can hear a person speaking normally from the proscenium (stage).  Although a stone bench wouldn’t normally seem comfortable during a long performance, we can affirm from experience that it is a welcome place to rest after climbing up the steep steps from the stage.  (In today’s arenas, these seats would be known as the “cheap seats” in the “nosebleed section.”)

For another view of this theater, see our post at The Great Theater of Epidaurus.

This photo was taken on September 25, 2016.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/60 sec, 18 mm.