Theatre ruins at Astipalaia, Kos

As a writer (and a former archaeologist) a visit to the ancient ruins of Astipalaia on the island of Kos, Greece was a must while Joseph Robert and I were on holiday last week. Here, the Koan villagers from the 2nd century BC would have watched plays performed in the heart of Kefalos. Only the remains of 2 rows of seats and a few columns from the original theatre building are left. Here I am showing how the people of Kefalos might have watched plays, maybe even Hippocrates himself, who was born in Kefalos.

In those days, writers would submit their plays to be performed at theatres. Even though I primarily write short stories, poetry and novellas/ novels, if I had lived in ancient Kefalos, I might have written a play myself to be performed. Story telling is older than civilisation, with oral tradition extending back further than the earliest cities. What kind of plays might have been popular back then? Human drama is a good bet!

Ruins of an ancient Demeter sanctuary

Ruins of an ancient Demeter sanctuary



About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

2 responses »

  1. MD HARUN says:

    I like astipalaia. I woent going threr.

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