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Skene, scaena
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(σκηνή/skēnḗ; Latin scaena) means a tent (Eur. Hec. 1289), or an awning on a vehicle (Xen. Cyr. 6,4,11). The term was particularly used in ancient architecture for the stage building of a theatre (e.g. IG II2, 161 A 115; cf. also Vitr. De arch. 5,6,1 et passim; also [1]). The earliest stone skene was that of the Dionysus Theatre in Athens (Athens, with plan of the Acropolis), which was dedicated by Lycurgus [9] in about 330 BC. It was a paraskenion-skene with wings projecting beside the lower stage (paraskḗnia). In about 300 BC a second type of Greek skene, the prosk…

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Isler, Hans-Peter (Zürich), “Skene, scaena”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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