Athens. Greece. View of the Theatre of Dionysos on the southern slope of the Acropolis in Athens. The Theatre was originally established in the 6th century BC and enlarged and improved over the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods and was the first theatre built of stone. The famous tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and the comedies of Aristophanes were first performed here in the 5th century BC. What is seen today is largely from the 4th century BC during the time of Lycurgus, who controlled public investment in Athens from 338 to 324 BC. The structure has 25 surviving tiers of seats from the original 65 and had a capacity to seat 17,000 spectators. The Stage front is Roman and is represented by the Bema of Phaedrus, which has 2nd century AD decorative reliefs showing scenes in the life of Dionysus, god of wine and patron god of the Greek stage.