Ancient Greek drama thrived in Greece between the 6th and 2nd century BC. Tragedy, comedy and satyric drama were the three theatrical genres performed in ancient Greece during the festival of Dionysus, an event held in honor of the famous God of wine, festivity and ecstasy. Every ancient city-state had its theatre, and theatrical performances were considered “the mass media” of their time.
The rugged and mountainous region of Epirus, is home to four remarkable ancient theatres: the theatre of Dodona, among the most well preserved ancient theatres, that was built by Pyrrhus, the king of Epirus, during the 3rd century BC, the theatre of Cassope, with a panoramic view to the Ionian sea, the theatre of Nicopolis, with its blending elements of Greek and Roman architecture and the small theatre of Ambracia in the city of Arta.
Our journey to Epirus, reveals a historic timeline of the region, leading us from the Mycenaean era (oracle of Dodona devoted to Mother Goddess and oracle of the Dead, or “Necromanteion”), and the classical period through a cultural itinerary to the three ancient theatres of Epirus (Dodona, Cassope and Amvrakia), to the Roman period’s ancient city of Nicopolis. Along with the rich cultural heritage of Epirus, travellers will discover a crossroad of civilisations and landscapes between the Pindos mountain range and the Ionian sea. Castles, monasteries, arched bridges, stone-built villages and natural beauty blend in harmony to offer an unforgettable experience.
This cultural tour is suitable for families with children.
Special activities for children in the archeological sites by a specialized guide: An educator presents a set of fun activities such as an interactive game about the oracle of Dodona, an educational activity representing the daily life of the residents of Cassope or an activity on the art of creating mosaics in Nicopolis.