PRIN 2022. The mask between rituality and theatre.Archaeological, literary, historical, anthropological, and performative investigation of material culture in the classical world through Digital Humanities tools with a view to a broader, fairer and more inclusive cultural fruition.

Starting date
October 17, 2023
Duration (months)
Cultures and Civilizations
Managers or local contacts
Raccanelli Renata
mask, rituality, theatre, ancient Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy

The project aims to identify the functions of the ancient mask using an interdisciplinary approach. In particular, an investigation into the theatrical mask will be conducted in the context of the anthropology of the stage gesture, based on Roman literary evidence (especially Plautine) and their relationship with the corresponding Greek models. The products of the research will be made available to theater companies and theatrical productions, with whom we intend to plan the staging of two shows to be represented, concurrently with the opening of the planned exhibitions in the Archaeological Area of Lipari Research on classical theatre may also be linked to research on modern and contemporary theatre.

Project participants

Renata Raccanelli
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Lingua, letteratura e filologia greca e latina
Classics, ancient literature and art
Storia e Antropologia
Philology and palaeography; historical linguistics


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