Theatre and Theatrical Perspectives: Athens, Magna Graecia, Sicily, Rome

Academic year 2020/2021
Lecturer Gianfranco Adornato

Integrative teaching

Caterina Maderna


Examination procedure



Good knowledge of the history of Greek and Roman Art. The class is mainly devoted to PhD students.


The course focuses on ancient theatre, as an architectural invention and for its visual/iconographic perspective; it covers a variety of cases, spanning from Greece, to Magna Graecia and Sicily, to Rome, from the first monumental evidence to the places for spectacles in Rome and in Roman provinces.

Advanced seminars will be held by Prof.ssa Caterina Maderna (Heidelberg).

Bibliographical references

Bieber, M. 1961. The History of the Greek and Roman Theater. 2nd ed. Princeton

Bosher, K., ed. 2012. Theater Outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy. Cambridge

Csapo, E. and M.C. Miller, eds. 2007. The Origins of Theater in Ancient Greece and Beyond: From Ritual to Drama. Cambridge

Dearden, C.W. 1988. "Phlyax comedy in Magna Grecia: A Reassessment." In Studies in Honour of T.B.L. Webster, edited by J.N. Betts, J.T. Hooker, J.R. Green, 34-41. Bristol

Foley, H.P. 2000. "The comic body in Greek Art and Drama." In Not the Classical Ideal. Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art, edited by B. Cohen, 275-311- Leiden

Green, J.R. 1994. Theatre in Ancient Greek Society. London-New York

Heydemann, H. 1886. "Die Phlyakendarstellungen der bemalten Vasen." JdI 1, 260-313

Hughes, A. 2003. "Comedy in Paestan vase painting." Oxford Journal of Archaeology 22.3, 281-301

Pickard‐Cambridge, A.W. 1968. The Dramatic Festivals of Athens, 2nd ed. Oxford

Séchan, L. 1926. Études sur la tragédie grecque dans ses rapports avec la céramique. Paris

Taplin, O. 1993. Comic Angels and Other Approaches to Greek Tragedy through Vase‐Painting. Oxford

Taplin, O. 2007. Pots and Plays: Interactions between Tragedy and Greek Vase‐Paintings of the Fourth Century. Los  Angeles

Townsend, R.F. 1986. “The Fourth‐Century Skene of the Theater of Dionysos at Athens.” Hesperia, 55: 421–438

Travlos, J. 1980. Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Athens. New York
Treandall, A.D. 1967. Phlyax Vases, 2nd ed. London (BICS, suppl. 19)
Trendall, A.D. and T.B.L. Webster. 1971. Illustrations of Greek Drama. London-New York

Webster, T.B.L. 1948. "South Italian Vases and Attic Drama." CQ 42, 15-27.