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The Acropolis at Pergamon,
as seen from the south.

The Pergamon Project

The University of Washington School of Drama, 1992

The work of David Schulz, a student in the PhD program in 1992, illustrates how computing has assisted in understanding archaeological evidence from the ancient world.

Pergamon was one of several ancient theatre sites re-examined in 1992 by PhD students in Theatre History at the University of Washington, working with Dr. Jack Wolcott in an attempt to understand how and why theatrical activity spread from its presumed birthplace in Athens across the Mediterranean world.

In an effort to understand the evolution of the city over time, and to understand how the theatre site and the theatre institution related to activity in Pergamon, a portion of the original (1885) site plan of the acropolis was digitized and developed into a 3D model.

The Source

The ruins of the ancient city of Pergamon were documented in 1885 by German archaeologists, whose records were published in the Altertümer von Pergamon (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin). The site plan may be found in Volume 12.

The Theatre

From the site model, David Schulz developed a more detailed model of the theatre site, on the west slope of the acropolis. No attempt was made to achieve photo-realism in this project: the focus was upon the terrain, how the theatre took advantage of the slope, and how it was sited relative to other important civic buildings.

© 2004 by Jack Wolcott
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