The A to Z of the Athena Project of Ancient Theaters


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The A to Z of the Athena Project of Ancient Theaters

  1. 1. The A to Z of the ATHENA ProjectA is for ancient theaters, those time immemorial structures built by the Greek and Romansand A is for Algeria, one of the countries taking part in the Ancient Theaters Enhancementfor New Actualities, ATHENA Project.B for Belgium, the capital and of the home of the European Union, the donor of regionalprojects in the Euromed Heritage Program 4.C is for the Cherchall Theater, north of Algiers, a site that goes back to the 10 th Century BC.It’s in need of extensive conservation to bring it back to its former glory. Conservation is amajor element for the renewal of ancient theaters and ensure their future.D is for 3D digital laser scanning, documentation and halting the progressive decay thatancient theaters are subjected to. Such 3D scanning was used in Petra, Jarash, Qasir Amra,Amman Odeon and Amman Roman Theater. A latest laser scanner and total station weredonated to the Department of Antiquities in Jordan, which is the team leader of theATHENA Project, and started surveying different sites including the Merida, Carthage,Cherchell and Siracusa Theaters. Also, Dipartimento di Storia dellArchitettura, Restauro eConservazione dei Beni Aschitettonici e stato of the Sapienza Universita di Roma which isthe Leader responsible for the ATHENA objectives in Italy and following up on the Siracusasite.E is for Euromed Heritage Program 4 of the European Commission, the donor who isfunding the ATHENA Project under its Euromed Heritage Program 4. Euromed Heritagesupports cultural heritage through preservation, conservation and seeks to build a culture ofdialogue between countries across the Mediterranean.F stands for facebook which the ATHENA Project has an active page on. Many articles, newsitems and photographs of activities to do with ancient theaters are posted on the page aspart of the full use of the social media network which includes twitter feeds that are alsoposted on facebook and very important elements for visibility and dissemination.G is for Greek theatre, the structure that proceeded the Roman Theater and lead to itscontinuation under the Roman Empire. Excluding Siracusa, the ancient structures understudy are all Roman.H is for heritage, a key word in the ATHENA Project, that stresses the key values of theancient theaters in the Euromed region. The ATHENA Project has message to protectheritage including the fact ancient theaters have cultural, aesthetic, artistic, heritage andcivilizational values, are part of the community, used in proper ways, requiring a
  2. 2. management plan, they are for everyone and not for the privileged and they should be usedfor many activities.I is for the Institut aux Etudes Litteraires et de Sciences Humaines de Tunis of the Universityof Tunis which is the Team Leader responsible for the ATHENA objectives in Tunisia andfollowing up on the Carthage site.J is for the archaeological town of Jarash, north Amman, Jordan. One of the sites beingstudied in the ATHENA Project is the South Theater under Work Package 3 designed forassessment and risk factors. Jarash is the pilot site for the management plan drawn up bythe Spanish partner.K is for knowledge, the important concept in the ATHENA Project that seeks to collect anddocument extensive information regarding ancient theaters. These involve different formsof knowledge including historical, data collection, technical and digital scanning andphotography.L is the Labo Bati Dans lEnvironment in University of Science and Technology, HouariBoumediene, which is the Leader responsible for the ATHENA objectives in Algeria andfollowing up on the Cherchell site.M is for the Merida Theater in Spain. M also stands for the Management Plan which Spainunder leader Universidad Politécnica de Valencia - Instituto Universitario de Restauracióndel Patrimonio, is drawing up to be implemented in JarashN is for the ATHENA Project Newsletter, one of the flagship of visibility and disseminatingthe ATHENA Project results. The Newsletter has been published on a regular basis both inprint and posted on line and is sent directly to unique visitors through email and via email tospecialized institutions and personnel all over the world.O for the Odeon theatre in Amman, one of the places undertaken where an ATHENAtraining workshop was undertaken on the 3 D laser scanner between 20-24 May, 2012. TheOdeon is a min-ancient theatre adorned with architectural trappings.P is for Petra, Jordan, one of the sites studied in the ATHENA Project. P is also for theProject Management which is part of Work Package 6 which takes place from theDepartment of Antiquities in Jordan that coordinates between all the Euromed partners inthe ATHENA Project in their work actions for the enhancement of ancient theaters.Q is for the numerous questionnaires that have been made by the ATHENA Partnercountries and institutes and filled through surveys and sent back to the Spanish partner to
  3. 3. be form the basis of the Management Plant for ancient theaters that is going to be pilottested in Jarash.R is for the Regional Support and Monitoring Unit (RSMU) of the European Commission thatis responsible for overseeing the ATHENA Project. Safeguarding against the reversal oftheatre risk against progressive decay because of environmental and human factors.S is for the Siracusa structure, the ancient theater in Sicily, Italy. It’s the only Greek theaterin the ATHENA Project collective. As well S is for the South Theater of Jarash, one of the sitesunder study in the ATHENA ProjectT is for thesaurus, the architectural ancient theatre terms that have been collected, editedfor publication into a book in different languages including English, Arabic, French andothers. The thesaurus is being posted online on the website.U is for the proper and correct utilization of ancient theaters, to use them in a meaningfulcaring way, make use of these structures but protect them and hence help preserve them atthe same time for future generations.V stands for visibility of the ATHENA Project and making people aware of its presence andobjectives through the media—print, radio, television—and social media. Visibility alsoinvolves writing different articles, news items for newspapers and posting on differentblogs.W is for Work Packages in the ATHENA Project carefully divided into six work packages:Work Package 1 of setting up a common and scientific cultural framework for the project,Work Package 2 of building up of a knowledge-based database and documentation andclassification of raw scientific data digital scanning of theaters, Work Package 3 of creatingsustainability strategies to minimize risk perception and mitigation to enable sites to havegreater long-term potentials, Work Package 4 of drawing up a management plan, WorkPackage 5 of visibility and dissemination in society and communities and thecommunications world and Work Package 6 of managing and quality controlling the project.XYZ