Above: The Theater at Taormina with Mt. Etna in the background

More than 2,000 years after their construction, the great buildings of classical Greece still have power to stir the heart. Architects have drawn inspiration from their elegant proportions and graceful ornamentation for millennia, and yet the remaining original structures have not given up all their secrets. Even the Parthenon, the most iconic Greek building, remains shrouded in mystery. How could an ancient civilization construct such a monumental edifice in less than 10 years, if the histories are to be believed? And how did they achieve such exquisite balance and engineering precision with the technology at their disposal? The great theaters, too, leave as many questions as answers. We can only speculate about how a Greek play was actually performed, and what any accompanying music might have sounded like.

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Above: The Theater at Taormina with Mt. Etna in the background