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The Acoustics of Roofed Ancient Odeia: The Case of Herodes Atticus Odeion

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Ancient Greek / Roman odeia were semi-enclosed theaters that currently survive without their original roof sections. The work compares the acoustics of the well-preserved Herodes Odeion in its current open-air form to a detailed acoustic model reconstruction of its original roofed version and illustrates the significant differences in acoustics between the two spaces. It is shown that in their original state, the odeia had acoustics appropriate for music performances in contrast to their current open-air form that have acoustic properties appropriate for speech reproduction, similar to the larger open-air theaters of the time which were used specifically for ancient drama performances.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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