Theatre Design in Ancient Times: Science or Opportunity?
An accurate analysis both of the acoustical knowledge in ancient times and of the layout of Greeks and Roman Theatres, jointed with some historical background about people behaviour, seems to put in evidence that in ancient Greek times the design of theatres was based on ideas other than acoustical reasons in the strict sense we give today to the design of a cavea for theatrical performances. In Roman times some important modifications were fitted in the original Greek design, but again the onset of the reverberation seems more a consequence of other targets than a goal to meet better acoustical conditions for the audience. This paper will present some ideas supporting the up mentioned conclusions.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2013
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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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