Ancient Greek Theatre in the Black Sea

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:00am to Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 5:00pm
King's College London

The massive recent advances in our understanding of ancient drama outside Athens, in the Greek west, have just begun to focus attention on the substantial evidence for drama in the ancient Black Sea. No tragedies survive set in the west, but two are actually set in the Black Sea world. The conference, hosted at KCL by the Centre for Hellenic Studies on July 4th and 5th 2014, will examine the evidence--literary and especially material--for the theatrical performance culture of and in the Greek-speaking communities of the ancient Black Sea. 

The conference is convened by Edith Hall and Rosie Wyles in collaboration with the APGRD and with generous support from the SPHS. 

Confirmed speakers include Alexander Minchev, Maria Vakhtina, Oliver Taplin, Wlodek Staniewski, David Braund, Stephanie West, Fiona Macintosh, Matthew Wright, Felix Budelmann, Justine McConnell and Laura Monros-Gaspar; in the evenings there will be performances of poetry, music and film related to the ancient dramas set in or closely connected with the Black Sea world, including readings by Tony Harrison, a piano recital by Zachary Dunbar and the UK premiere of Staniewski's feature film "Iphigenia in Tauris". Several further eastern European scholars will also be giving papers but final details are yet to be confirmed. Bursaries are available for PhD students. For further information please contact

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