Greek Play to be performed for first time in 2050 years | babelmed
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Actors in costume
A Greek play is to be staged for the first time in more than 2,050 years after fragments of the text were found in Egyptian mummy cases.
Cyprus's national theatre company, Thoc, plans to perform a modern take on Achilles, a Trojan war trilogy by the dramatist Aeschylus, known as the father of tragedy. It will be performed in Cyprus and Greece.
Actors in costume
Scholars had believed his trilogy to be lost for ever when the Library of Alexandria burned down in 48BC.
"But in the last decades archaeologists found mummies in Egypt which were stuffed with papyrus, containing excerpts of the original plays of Aeschylus," said the director of Thoc, Andy Bargilly.
Aeschylus wrote about 90 plays, but few survive.
Drawing on references by other ancient playwrights and the recently found texts, Thoc and researchers believe that they have the closest possible adaptation.
The play revolves around Achilles, the supposedly invincible Trojan warrior who was killed by Paris with a poisoned arrow fired at his only vulnerable spot, the heel.
Achilles recounts his many brushes with death and the slaying of Hector, son of Priam, the King of Troy.
Greek Play to be performed for first time in 2050 years | babelmed
Ancient Greek Theatre at Soloi.
"People working on ancient texts knew the trilogy existed, because it was mentioned in Aristophanes and other writers of ancient Greece," Bargilly said. "We think it is a faithful adaptation."
Stuffing mummies with papyrus scrolls, or creating a papier mache mixture to encase a body, was a common practice in ancient Egypt. Leonidas Liambey
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