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As part of HERC’s International Scholarship Program those admitted will be awarded full scholarships.

SUMMER 2016: July 31 – August 14

An artistic-educational program where selected passages of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War are staged and performed by participants in Ancient Theaters in Greece.

“Thucydides Dramaticus: The Theater of War” immerses participants in Ancient Greek Theater and introduces them to the history and archaeology of the Peloponnesian War.

The program explores ‘war drama’ as it emerges from the historical work of Thucydides. The term “dramaticus” refers both to the purely theatrical element in the historical narrative, as well as the nature of the military events themselves. Accordingly, the program explores the artistic possibilities of theatrical re-enactment and dramatization of the Thucydedian ‘tragedy of war’. Participants, working in groups or individually, are invited to absorb and present in Ancient Greek Theaters selected passages of Thucydides in original dramatized form.

Through a series of dedicated history and on-site archaeology lectures, participants will gain a (i) deeper understanding of historical events; and (ii) clearer sense of the historical space in which they took place. The program achieves a deep realization of both theory and theatrical experience. The educational lectures are the basis from which a full expression of the artistic creation is developed.

On a daily basis the two-week program includes the following:

  • Theater workshops, rehearsals and performances.
  • Lectures and classes on the history of the Peloponnesian War.
  • Visits and on-site teaching at selected archaeological sites, museums and ancient theaters.
  • Artistic activities, open discussions, attending theatrical performances, concerts, etc.