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Restroom Found in 2nd-Century BC Theater in Smyrna

A restroom with running water used by actors in a 2,200-year-old theater in Smyrna was recently discovered. Originally constructed in the second century BC, the latrine itself, for use by actors of the theater only, was constructed in the second...

The Athens and Epidaurus Festival Keeps Ancient Greek Theater Alive

Each year, actors, directors, and theater lovers from around the world come to Greece to participate in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. One of Europe's oldest continuously running festivals, the event revives one of Greece's most ancient and revered arts—theater. The...

Ancient Mask of Greek God Dionysus Found in Western Turkey

An extremely expressive terracotta mask, thought to represent the Greek god Dionysus, was recently unearthed during excavations of the ancient Greek city of Daskyleion in Western Turkey. The newly-discovered treasure, which appears to represent a rather tipsy god, was located...

The Best Ancient Greece Comedies Still Funny Today

Some things never change--and humor, luckily, is one thing that hasn't changed a great deal over time, as we can see today by the comedies of ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks were known for exploring a wide range of...

Why Did Ancient Greek Actors Wear Theater Masks?

One of the most enduring art forms from ancient Greece is that of theater. Greek tragedies and comedies are a touchstone for understanding ancient Greece's culture -- from Euripedes to Sophocoles -- and their written forms are still widely...

Ancient Greek Theaters Used Moveable Stages Over 2,000 Years Ago

It has been revealed that Ancient Greek theaters used movable wooden stages some 2,000 years ago following Japanese research.

Euripides’ Medea to be Streamed by National Theatre

Medea, one of Euripides' most famed tragedies, will be live-streamed by Greece's National Theatre on Sunday, January 10. First premiered nearly 2,000 years ago at the City Dionysia festival in Athens, Medea will be brought into our time by director...

Epidaurus Theatre to Live-Stream Ancient Play For First Time

A performance of the ancient Greek play "The Persians," by Aeschylus, will be streamed live to a global audience on Saturday, July 25, from the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. As part of this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the National...

Ancient Theatre of Aptera to Reopen with Performance of Homer's Odyssey

After some 17 centuries of silence at the Ancient Theatre of Aptera in Chania, Crete, the stage will once again be graced by actors and the seats filled with an enchanted audience. Following restorations of the historic monument, the first...

Ancient Greek Tragedy Adapted by Syrian Women, to be Staged in Berlin

A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides’ tragedy “Iphigenia”, using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven from their homeland by conflict. The play, staged this...