The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Theatre
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (AEST)
About the talk
Let archaeologist Craig Barker introduce you to the role of theatrical performance in ancient Greek culture in this illustrated talk for National Archaeology Week.
Using the architectural remains of ancient theatres, such as the Theatre of Dionysos in Athens and the theatres at Epidauros and Ephesos, as well as the Australian excavations of a theatre at Paphos in Cyprus, he will examine the spaces used for performance. Then, using theatrical iconography in vase-painting and terracotta, he will describe the impact of theatrical performance on Greek life, particularly through its relationship with the god Dionysos.
Doors open at 6.30pm for cheese and wine. The lecture will begin promptly at 7.00pm.
About the speaker
Craig Barker runs an archaeological dig in Cyprus when he is not working as the Education and Public Programs Manager for the University of Sydney Museums. His true love is archaeology. All of his annual leave is spent in the little Mediterranean town of Paphos researching the ancient Hellenistic and Roman period theatre. Many of the pieces found in the 650 year-old Paphos Theatre are similar to those in the Nicholson Museum so it is fitting that Craig is developing an education programme around the Nicholson – home to the largest collection of ancient artefacts in Australia.