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Herodes Atticus Theater, Athens, Greece, 2000

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In a ritual that has taken place for centuries, an expectant assemblage awaits a dramatic entrance by performers under darkening skies in the Herodes Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece. This steep-sloped amphitheater was built around A.D. 160 by Greek philosopher and rhetorician Herodes Atticus as a tribute to his wife. The theater still hosts music, dance, and theatrical events today.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "A Night in Athens," April 2000, National Geographic Traveler magazine)

Photograph by Borchi Massimo

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