Epidaurus – The Greatest Theatre

Epidaurus – The Greatest Theatre

The Ancient Greeks built an acoustically best theatre in Epidaurus that is nonetheless utilised to this day, more than two thousand years later.

 

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  1. does anyone know of a website with the according information, i can never keep up with videos.

  2. The central event was the pompe (πομπή), the procession, in which phalloi (φαλλοί) were carried by phallophoroi (φαλλοφόροι). Also participating in the pompe were kanephoroi (κανηφόροι – young girls carrying baskets), obeliaphoroi (ὀβελιαφόροι – who carried long loaves of bread), skaphephoroi (σκαφηφόροι – who carried other offerings), hydriaphoroi (ὑδριαφόροι – who carried jars of water), and askophoroi (ἀσκοφόροι – who carried jars of wine).

  3. The Dionysia was originally a rural festival in Eleutherae, Attica (Greek: Dionysia ta kat' agrous – Διονύσια τὰ κατ' ἀγρούς), probably celebrating the cultivation of vines. It was probably a very ancient festival, perhaps not originally associated with Dionysus. This "rural Dionysia" was held during the winter, in the month of Poseideon (the month straddling the winter solstice, i.e., Dec.-Jan.).

  4. The Dionysia actually consisted of two related festivals, the Rural Dionysia and the City Dionysia, which took place in different parts of the year. They were also an essential part of the Dionysian Mysteries

  5. The Dionysia (English pronunciation: /daɪəˈnaɪ.siə/) was a large festival in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus, the central events of which were the theatrical performances of dramatic tragedies and, from 487 BC, comedies. It was the second-most important festival after the Panathenaia.

  6. In ancient Greece, theatre was a really big deal. Crowds of 15,000 people would gather to see a play. Theatre was so important to the ancient Greeks that prisoners would be released from jail temporarily, so they could also attend.

  7. Correct, people get mixed up about this. Epidauros is a theatre not an ampitheatre. The eastern part of the Roman Empire, which includes Greece, had very few ampitheatres as the games were not popular there. Most of the ampitheatres are found in the western part of the empire including North Africa. The Romans also developed their own theatres modelled to some extent on Greek theatres though unlike the Greek ones Roman theatres were usually free-standing and there were other differences also.

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