ANCIENT THEATER OF DODONI
Ancient Dodoni was a worship center of Zeus and Dionysus. It was also known as the oracle of the ancient Greek world. It is located at about 2 km from the settlement of Dodoni and lies in a closed, long valley, at the foot of Mount Tomaros, at an altitude of 600m. There are many references to the naming of the historical name Dodoni. Some believe that it comes from Zeus, the main cult of the oracle, while others believe that it comes from the Daudon nymph and others from the verb “Dodo”, which means a bumblebee and others from the verb Dedomy, meaning rich and fertile because the plain was full of fruits that it gave to the people.
Dodoni as an archaeological site according to archaeological evidence is reported to be active from the Bronze Age, focusing on the worship of Gaia or another female fertility deity. Jupiter’s worship was introduced to Dodoni later by Selles, while it evolved in a short period of time into a dominant worship.