A collaboration of HERC and the DRAMATICUS Institute for Classical Drama

SUMMER 2017: July 26 - August 14

A scholarly and artistic study of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War where selected passages are staged and performed by participants in Ancient Theaters in Greece.

“Thucydides Dramaticus: The Theater of War - Part II” immerses participants in Ancient Greek Theater and introduces them to the study of the Peloponnesian War. The program’s interdisciplinary approach of History, Archaeology, and Theater make for an original and exciting learning experience of Classical Greece. “Theater of War-Part II” culminates with an exciting finale of a public, professional performance at the Ancient Theater of Messene, where students will perform an original play based on Thucydides’ History.

“Thucydides Dramaticus - Part II” builds on its successful 2016 production (see, where 26 Greek, American, and international students performed in the established Aisxylia Festival. Audiences and critics were enthusiastic, with later, encore performances in theaters, festivals and universities.

Through history and on-site archaeology lectures by leading scholars, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Peloponnesian War and a clearer sense of its physical and cultural landscape. Coupled with rehearsals alongside leading Greek directors and actors, this knowledge of Thucydides’ world will deepen their artistic vision and prepare them for the exciting finale of “Theater of War - Part II”.

On a daily basis the three-week program includes:

  • Drama workshops, rehearsals and performances.
  • Lectures and classes on the history of the Peloponnesian War.
  • Visits and on-site teaching at selected archaeological sites, museums and ancient theaters.
  • Artistic activities, open discussions, attending theatrical performances and other cultural experiences.