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AC Origins: Theatre of Alexandria

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This is my 1:1 reconstruction of the theatre at Alexandria in Assassin's Creed Origins. This was also my first theatre project, and thus the circular aspect is not up to the standard of other realistic classical builds done by folks such as hherlev and theannihilator2. However, please do bear with me as I'm still learning the craft. I will do my best to update the theatre over time as I learn how to better construct theatres. And now, a brief dissertation on Greek theatres.

AC Origins: Theatre of Alexandria Minecraft Map




Greek tragedies and comedies were always performed in outdoor theaters. Early Greek theaters were probably little more than open areas in city centers or next to hillsides where the audience, standing or sitting, could watch and listen to the chorus singing about the exploits of a god or hero. From the late 6th century BC to the 4th and 3rd centuries BC there was a gradual evolution towards more elaborate theater structures, but the basic layout of the Greek theater remained the same. The major components of Greek theater are labled on the diagram above.

Orchestra: The orchestra (literally, "dancing space") was normally circular. It was a level space where the chorus would dance, sing, and interact with the actors who were on the stage near the skene. The earliest orchestras were simply made of hard earth, but in the Classical period some orchestras began to be paved with marble and other materials. In the center of the orchestra there was often a thymele, or altar. The orchestra of the theater of Dionysus in Athens was about 60 feet in diameter.

Theatron: The theatron (literally, "viewing-place") is where the spectators sat. The theatron was usually part of hillside overlooking the orchestra, and often wrapped around a large portion of the orchestra (see the diagram above). Spectators in the fifth century BC probably sat on cushions or boards, but by the fourth century the theatron of many Greek theaters had marble seats.

Skene: The skene (literally, "tent") was the building directly behind the stage. During the 5th century, the stage of the theater of Dionysus in Athens was probably raised only two or three steps above the level of the orchestra, and was perhaps 25 feet wide and 10 feet deep. The skene was directly in back of the stage, and was usually decorated as a palace, temple, or other building, depending on the needs of the play. It had at least one set of doors, and actors could make entrances and exits through them. There was also access to the roof of the skene from behind, so that actors playing gods and other characters (such as the Watchman at the beginning of Aeschylus' Agamemnon) could appear on the roof, if needed.

Parodos: The parodoi (literally, "passageways") are the paths by which the chorus and some actors (such as those representing messengers or people returning from abroad) made their entrances and exits. The audience also used them to enter and exit the theater before and after the performance.
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Mr_White_i
12/25/2019 12:53 pm
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This is beautiful man what are you talking about. I've started an odeon from the Greek cities but it was taking a bit long and there I find yours. I plan on doing a story with the world that I'm building and if I ever do it I'm gonna put your name in the credits if I don't forget or anything until then. Thanks for the generosity of sharing it
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