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The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

Attica, Attica, Greece

About The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates was the first Greek monument built in the Corinthian order.

The frieze decoration depicts the adventure of Dionysos with the pirates, whom he turned into dolphins.

Lysicrates is the man who paid for the monument, which commemorates a chorus that he sponsored who won first place in a competition.

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates is located on the ancient Street of the Tripods near the Acropolis in Athens (so named for the tripod prizes awarded to choric victories. In 1669 the monument and surrounding area were incorporated into the Capuchin monastery. In the 1820s all of the buildings of the monastery, with the exception of the Choragic Monument, were destroyed by Ottoman forces.