As a writer (and a former archaeologist) a visit to the ancient ruins of Astipalaia on the island of Kos, Greece was a must while Joseph Robert and I were on holiday last week. Here, the Koan villagers from the 2nd century BC would have watched plays performed in the heart of Kefalos. Only the remains of 2 rows of seats and a few columns from the original theatre building are left. Here I am showing how the people of Kefalos might have watched plays, maybe even Hippocrates himself, who was born in Kefalos.
In those days, writers would submit their plays to be performed at theatres. Even though I primarily write short stories, poetry and novellas/ novels, if I had lived in ancient Kefalos, I might have written a play myself to be performed. Story telling is older than civilisation, with oral tradition extending back further than the earliest cities. What kind of plays might have been popular back then? Human drama is a good bet!