The research project “STESICHOROS. The Archaeology of Sound of the Cultic Theatre in a Greek City in Sicily”  is held by Angela Bellia at the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council (IBAM CNR). The project is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships. Daniele Malfitana, director of the Institute, is the Supervisor. [1]

The project aims to assess and recover the lost intangible heritage of cultic theatre acoustics through the acoustic reconstruction of spaces of the past. The acoustics of linear and non-circular theatra in the Greek world have never before been analysed in terms of how and why these spaces were chosen for performance.

The project will establish a new line of research at the crossroads of archaeomusicology, architecture, acoustics, and digital technologies to complete a study on these buildings, and will include a specific case study in Sicily.



Draped man playing kithara (musical contest?).
Fragment of attic black-figure amphora from Selinunte. Palermo, Museo Archeologico Regionale, N.I. 1933.
Attributed to the Manner of Princeton Painter. 550-500 BCE (from A. Bellia 2009).


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