Not exactly what Vitruvius intended

Caesarea theater 2.jpg

Roman theaters, like this reconstructed example at Caesarea-by-the-Sea, had elaborate backsets on the rear of the stage. These sets were decorative but had practical functions too: they were used by the actors, they served as storage spaces, and they also helped “control” the sound inside the room. These backsets were called the scaenae frons or the “facade of the tent” (from the Greek skene for “tent” or “hut.” It is likely that early backsets were simple structures used by the actors to hide themselves from the spectators and to create dramatic mystery.). In later times, they were made of carved stone.

The electronic set pictured here converts ancient space for modern use. I’m sure it offers “control” for the sound, but it just seems out of place in such a setting (sigh).

Oh, by the way, Vitruvius was a Roman architect who described how things were built two thousand years ago. Imagine his response to this! Do you think he would have been pleased?


We just picked up our first group of the summer in Tel Aviv. We are now headed inland to the Sea of Galilee.

Sorry for the delay in posting. I should be getting back to business this week. Thanks for following.