National Geographic : 1922 Dec
Photograph from Alexander Wilbourne Weddell A VIEW TOWARD THE STAGE IN THE TEMPLE OF DIONYSUS: ATHENS (SEE PAGE 582) It was not until the time of the Romans that a higher speaking place or stage, in the modern sense of the word, was provided fortheactors. They were first distinguished from the chorus by their greater height, gained by wearing a buskin or high shoe, calledcothurnus. The reliefs supporting the stage are from the time of Nero. The scenes depicted are from the Dionysiac myth. On the extreme right the sitting figure, badly mutilated, isthat of Dionysus. The crouching figure of Silenus belongs to an earlier period.