Seating of the Theatre of Epidaurus
The theatre of Epidaurus was first built in the 4th century BCE and is possibly the best preserved ancient Greek theatre. Extensions were made in the 2nd century BCE taking its capacity to 12,000.
Seat from the Theatre of Dionysos, Athens
One of the special front seats from the Theatre of Dionysos, on the slopes of the acropolis of Athens. Second half of the 4th century BCE. The theatre was orginally constructed in the 6th century BCE.
Visitor's Guide to Ancient Dion
Dion is located at the foot of Mount Olympus in the north of Greece, in what would have been ancient Macedon. It takes its name from the most important Macedonian sanctuary dedicated to Zeus ("Dios” meaning "of Zeus”). Legend claims this...
Elizabethan Theatre, Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare
The term Elizabethan Theatre naturally refers to the style of theatre being composed and performed in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, which continued under her Stuart successors and is best known through the works of the playwright...
Greek Tragedy Theatre Mask
A votive offering in a the form of a larger-than-life bronze tragedy theatre mask. Possibly by Silanion, 4th century BCE. (Archaeological Museum of Piraeus)
Theatre Mask Mosaic
A Roman theatre mask mosaic, 1st century BCE. From a private villa in the area of Villa Ruffinella, Rome. Palazzo Massimo, Rome.
Roman Theatre of Carthago Nova
The theatre of Carthago Nova (Carthagena, Spain) was built between 5 BCE and 1 BCE. The date is known from the dedication of the building to Gaius and Lucius Caesar, grandsons and designated successors of Augustus.
Ancient Greek Tragedy
Greek tragedy was a popular and influential form of drama performed in theatres across ancient Greece from the late 6th century BCE. The most famous playwrights of the genre were Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and many of their works...
Sports, Games & Entertainment in the Elizabethan Era
Leisure activities in the Elizabethan era (1558-1603 CE) became more varied than in any previous period of English history and more professional with what might be called the first genuine entertainment industry providing the public with...
Comedy & Tragedy: the Drama of Greek Theatre
Greek theatre likely sprang from the lyrical performance of ancient epic poetry and the rituals performed in the worship of the god Dionysos where goats were sacrificed and participants wore masks. From the 6th century BCE, Greek tragedy...