Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today


Submissions are invited (1000-2500 words) for three forthcoming issues of Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today on ancient Greek and Roman drama in performance:

The dramatic surge of engagement with ancient drama by leading playwrights, directors, and performers in recent years, has been reflected in the range of national and international research initiatives in this area. Projects such as the European Network of Research and Documentation of Ancient Greek Drama Performances, the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (Oxford), are rapidly creating a new body of historical and theoretical work regarding ancient drama in performance. This upsurge has also been marked by the publication of important volumes such as Translating Words, Translating Cultures (Duckworth: 2000), Medea in Performance, 1500-2000 (Oxford: 2000), Dionysus Since 69 (Oxford: 2003), and by the creation of electronic initiatives such as the Reception of the Texts and Images of Ancient Greece Project (Open University, and the University of Southern Queensland’s Playing with Tragedy website (

Since its inception in 1994, Didaskalia has played a significant role in this rapidly growing area. Contributions are now sought for three issues of Didaskalia to be published in the course of 2004, which will take stock of contemporary trends in the research and performance of ancient drama.

Issue 1 (February) will consist of a survey of current research. Issue 2 (April) will review electronic initiatives in the field. Issue 3 (November) will survey the breadth of current approaches to ancient drama in performance, as well as placing observable trends within an historical context.

Date for submissions

Didaskalia is a peer-reviewed electronic journal and study resource dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama and its reception. Since October 2005, Didaskalia has been published in association with King's College, London.

Recent issues include articles and panel discussions with leading scholars and practitioners on John Barton’s Tantalus, Sophocles’ Electra in performance, and a multimedia, online supplement to DRAMA 12 (Ed. John Barsby, Greek and Roman Drama: Translation and Performance, Stuttgart and Weimar: 2002).

The web-format of Didaskalia allows it to provide a shared, international forum in which researchers, practitioners and students of ancient drama can interact more swiftly and in new ways. Issues of the Journal reach publication in weeks of submission dates, rather than months or years, and are often rich in multimedia content.

Didaskalia also publishes listings and reviews of forthcoming events and productions related to ancient drama, a Study Area for students of ancient drama, and online discussion groups for students, teachers, researchers and practitioners (‘The Agora’).

Reviews, listings events and productions, and other contributions related to ancient drama in performance are welcome at all times.

Editorial Board

Hugh Denard (Warwick), Editor
C.W. Marshall (University of British Columbia), Associate Editor, Reviews Editor
Mary-Louise Hart (J. Paul Getty Museum), Didaskalia – APA Listings Editor
Caterina Barone (Padova)
Richard Beacham (Warwick)
John Davidson (Wellington)
Gary Decker (Michigan)
Pat Easterling (Cambridge)
Erika Fischer-Lichte (Berlin)
Mary-Kay Gamel (UC Santa Cruz)
Sallie Goetsch (UC Berkeley)
Marianne McDonald (UC San Diego)
Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
Peter Toohey (Calgary)

Administrator and Assitant-Editor

Appointment pending