Greek Wine & the Roots of Theatre – Cheers & Booze, Episode 1

Welcome to Cheers & Booze – where we explore the intersection of all things alcohol and theatre across history! In Episode 1, Greek Wine & the Roots of Theatre, we explore how the very earliest beginnings of theatre in ancient Greece sprouted from the many celebratory rituals and festivals surrounding the god of wine, Dionysus. So raise your glass!


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David Wiles, Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Ioannis M. Konstantakos, “The Drinking Theatre: Staged Symposia in Greek Comedy,” in Mnemosyne, Fourth Series, Vol. 58, Fasc. 2 (2005), pp. 183-217.

Nadja Berberović, “Ritual, Myth and Tragedy: Origins of Theatre in Dionysian Rites,” in Epiphany. Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies, vol. 8 (2015): 31-38.

Nothing to Do with Dionysos?: Athenian Drama in Its Social Context, edited by Froma I. Zeitlin and John J. Winkler (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990).

Stephen Charters, Wine and Society: The Social and Cultural Context of a Drink (Burlington, MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006).

Tim J. Young, Drinking Wine with Homer and the Earliest Greeks: Cultivating, Serving and Delighting in Ancient Greek Wine (London: SunWard Books, 2014).


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