Italian Heritage: 100 years of classical emotions with INDA at the Greek Theater in Syracuse, Sicily

Greek Theater, Syracuse, Sicily, Magna Grecia, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions
Greek Theater, Syracuse, Sicily, Magna Grecia, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

One of the intense performances staged by the National Institute of Ancient drama in the Greek Theater of Syracuse

In the 7th century BC, the Sicilian city of Syracuse was one of the gems of Magna Graecia, the coastal area of Southern Italy that was colonized by the ancient Greeks and influenced by their rich and vibrant culture.

Hellenic civilization contributed to the growth and flourishing of the city, as testified by artistic treasures that still can be admired today. Among them are the Temple of Apollo, the Ear of Dionysus – a limestone cave carved out of the hills – the Altar of Ierone II, and the Greek Theater.

The impressive Theater was built in the 5th century BC, and despite its still impressive dimension it was partially dismantled in the 16th century to make use of the stone and marble blocks.

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During the summer season, the outdoor venue usually becomes an important part of Syracuse’s offer to the many local and international tourists who visit the city. By attending to one of the intense performances staged by the National Institute of Ancient Drama (INDA) – a non-profit foundation which since 2005 has managed the Theater’s productions with a crew of over 400 people -, classical theater lovers have the opportunity to enter a different reality, dating back to ancient times but still extremely modern.

Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on May 22nd by Silvia Simonetti: http://italoamericano.com/story/2014-5-22/Greek-Theater

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