Indications of Stability of Occurrence of Halcyon Days in the Ancient Greek Drama

  • C. Chronopoulou
  • A. Mavrakis
Conference paper
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The aim of this paper is to examine the stability of the presence of the Halcyon days in the fifth and fourth century B.C. at Attica through the study of Greek tragedy and comedy. The dramas were being taught during the Lenaia – a celebration to honor Lenaius Dionysus, during the winter attic month Gamelion (15 January–15 February) – in open space firstly and then at the open theatre of Dionysus south of the Acropolis. The dramas did not saw references of sudden meteorological phenomena. On the contrary, they remark references of the clear weather of Attica and they notice the helpful presence of Halcyon days. In conclusion, the stable appearance of Halcyon days allowed Athens of classical years to organise dramatic festivals regularly, during the Gamelion without any signs of postponement or cancellation due to sudden weather phenomena, like sudden rainfall.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theatre on Education, Educational Department of Primary EducationNational and Kapodestrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Economic and Regional Development, Institute of Urban Environment and Human ResourcesPanteion UniversityAthensGreece

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