Ancient Drama

A Site Specific Course on Roman theatre

The course aims to emphasize the importance of theater in ancient Rome, a meeting point for various people and civilizations, which have come to represent a fundamental element of Europe.
The course introduces participants to the most important examples of ancient theater, as those examples came to be the primary
influence on the development of European theater.
The importance of the archaeological sites of the Vesuvian area (Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae – one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world) and the influence of many Roman cultural aspects (Roman actors and masks; the Atellana theater, etc..) on the subsequent development of performing arts, offer participants the possibility to investigate the roots of a
culture that has been so important and influential in European history and civilization.
An experience such as this, is essential to participants’ understanding of the theory and the practice of the
field. It will offer participants the possibility to have an experience that will shape their world view, and help them better understand Italy in its historical context. Participants will take away all that they have learned from this course, and find it relevant in many aspects of their lives outside of Italy.
Therefore, the main objectives are:
1. to introduce the art of performance, the architecture of the theater, as well as the history and culture in
the Roman period to participants;
2. to stress out the importance and the influence of Roman civilization for the development of European
3. to encourage all participants to exchange personal experiences with the other participants, and
between participants and lecturers as well;
4. to lead the participants to connect the theory and the experience in teaching and in the educational
5. to introduce the bay of Naples as a territory of further destination for art courses and travels (especially in
connection to the ancient theaters);
6. to introduce participants to the history, folklore, culture, linguistics, performing arts, architecture, and
archaeology showing a Roman influence.

The methodology is based on both theory and practice. Rather, the theory will offer participants the tools they need to build a strong understanding of the site and its history once they are there. Participants will be provided with guided tours to the archeological sites and manuals with learning activities to complete.
The lectures, lead by qualified teachers of performing arts, will focus on significant and interesting aspects of the culture of the Roman civilization. Participants will learn Roman culture and its history in a fun and enjoyable environment. By learning about this ancient society through the aspects of its daily life, participants will become engaged and interested. This methodology allows for participants to connect their lives with this ancient culture and come away with a better understanding and appreciation for Roman culture, history and society. The project is based on learning and experiencing on site, involving directly the participants in workshops and visits around the region Campania with skilled guides and experts in the field, beside lectures and classroom sessions.
This will be a very-much outdoor based course where the participants will be going around various sites. Highly qualified guides and trainers will ensure an easy approach to art, maintaining, at the same time, a high level of education. The course will be based on the balance between theory and shared experience, and on the participants ́ active contribution to the subjects and the themes discussed.

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