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Apr 3, 2015

Hydraulic Characteristics of the Drainage Systems of Ancient Hellenic Theatres: Case Study of the Theatre of Dionysus and Its Implications

Publication: Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Volume 141, Issue 11

Abstract

The content of this article provides interesting history, facts, and information about the drainage systems of ancient theaters in mainland Greece and Asia Minor from prehistoric times until the Hellenistic period. This study comprises representative examples of drainage systems in theaters at Knossos, Phaistos, Dionysus in Athens, Arcadian Orchomenos, Ephesus, and Delos. Moreover, the aim is to demonstrate that these drainage systems represent evolutionary techniques and principles that can still be used today to avoid wasting water resources. Moreover, these techniques may prove attractive for the development of sustainable strategies to counter mounting problems, especially those of a socioeconomic nature. In addition, the article presents evidence for the conception that adaptations to individual environmental and hydraulic characteristics of specific locations were considered in relation to drainage systems of ancient theaters. Thus, through a case study of the carrying capacity of drainage channels at Dionysus’s theater in Athens, the sustainable nature of this construction is demonstrated, including its capacity for the management of stormwater.

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Volume 141Issue 11November 2015

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Received: Nov 6, 2014
Accepted: Feb 18, 2015
Published online: Apr 3, 2015
Discussion open until: Sep 3, 2015
Published in print: Nov 1, 2015

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K. Kollyropoulos [email protected]
Civil Engineer and Ph.D. Student, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open Univ., Aristotelous 18, 26335 Patras, Greece (corresponding author). E-mail: [email protected]
G. P. Antoniou [email protected]
Architect Engineer, Deinokratous 73, 11521 Athens, Greece. E-mail: [email protected]
I. K. Kalavrouziotis [email protected]
Associate Professor, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open Univ., Tsamadou 13-15 and Saint Andrea, Office A12, 26222 Patras, Greece. E-mail: [email protected]
J. A. Krasilnikoff [email protected]
Associate Professor, Dept. of Culture and Society, Section of History, Aarhus Univ., Aarhus, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5, Bygning 1461, Lokale 423, Aarhus C, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark. E-mail: [email protected]
D. Koutsoyiannis [email protected]
Professor, Dept. of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, National Technical Univ. of Athens, Heroon Polytechneiou 5, 15780 Zographou, Greece. E-mail: [email protected]
A. N. Angelakis [email protected]
Researcher, Institute of Iraklion, National Agricultural Research Foundation (N.AG.RE.F.), P.O. Box 2229, 71307 Iraklion, Greece; and Technical Consultant, Hellenic Union of Municipal Enterprises for Water Supply and Wastewater Services (EDEYA), Patroklou 15, 41222 Larissa, Greece. E-mail: [email protected]

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