Lysikrates Monument

The Lysikrates Monument (335/334 B.C.). This is the best preserved example of a choregic monument. Wealthy Athenian citizens financed the training and outfitting of dramatic and choral performances as a civic and religious duty (called a "leitourgia" or "liturgy"). A choregos" (producer) of a victorious choral competition (in honor of the god Dionysos) was awarded a bronze tripod (an ancient "Oscar"). Instead of keeping this award at home, as we would do today, the choregos put it on public display, either in the sanctuary of Dionysos or on the Street of the Tripods. The tripod could be displayed on a small and relatively simple base or on a more elaborate monument, frequently designed to look like a small building or even a temple. On the Lysikrates Monument, the bronze tripod would have been displayed on top of the roof. The Street of the Tripods, extending from the sanctuary of Dionysos on the South Slope and curving around the east and northeast side of the Acropolis, was lined with these impressive monuments. In the background is the East Slope of the Acropolis, with the East Cave. View from the east.