The Rocket men’s basketball team took their first sightseeing trip to the ancient ruins of Greece Wednesday with a visit to a magnificent theater in Epidavros as well as a short stop in the seaside town of Napflion for lunch.The guided tour provided many interesting facts about ancient Greece as well as picturesque views from the mountains to the sea below.
The theater the team visited is still used today; it was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the fourth century B.C. The original 34 rows were extended in Roman times by another 21 rows.
The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect hearing of unamplified spoken words from the stage to all 15,000 spectators regardless of their seating. The rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and amplify high-frequency sounds from the stage.
The team also had an opportunity to explore more Greek culture in Napflion, which consisted of an older section as well as a modern area that was filled with stores and restaurants.
Following a quick rest at the hotel, the Rockets hit the court against a team of Greek all-stars and won, 109-35.
Visit the UT Rockets Facebook for photo albums of the team’s trip to Greece.