Didaskalia is an English-language publication about Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music as they are performed today. Its aim is to develop records of contemporary productions. Regular issues appear quarterly; supplemental issues consisting of conference proceedings, new translations, and relevant monographs appear at intervals when there is no regular issue. Sallie Goetsch founded Didaskalia late in 1993. From 1993–1997 the site integrated juried scholarly essays into the regular offerings. These are still available for reading or downloading. There has not been any further activity in this area since 1998. At present the contents of Didaskalia are primarily either informational (listings) or matters of opinion (reviews).
There is an Introduction to Ancient Theatre including Greek and Roman stagecraft that would be suitable for high school students and entry-level undergraduates. Students will find the pages on the reconstruction of the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens and on how the images were created especially interesting. The images are the work of Sallie Goetsch and Stefan Didak, the technical consultant to Didaskalia. Didak is a software engineer and computer animator who formed the company Animagic that specialized in three dimensional computer graphics. While the authenticity of any reconstruction must be questioned, the explanation of the process is fascinating. This section would be helpful to students at any level working on similar design projects. A particularly helpful spot on the site is a page titled Watch This Space. The page gives detailed and timely information on performances, conferences, events, general announcements and publications from all over the world. This page appears to be updated every week. The site also includes a search engine, related Links Pages, Didaskalia Bookstore, News, Awards and Affiliate, and Writer's Guidelines.
Didaskalia is a wonderful starting site for students or scholars interested in finding out about current productions, conferences, translations and electronic information about ancient theatre. Frequent visits to the site are recommended to keep up with calls for papers, conferences and performances relating to Greek and Roman theatre.
Technically, Didaskalia is a neat and tidy site without many superfluous graphics and illustrations. My Power Macintosh G3 running on 266MHZ downloads the most complex pages in less than three seconds. The reader can navigate easily from one resource group to the next. The only difficulty occurred when the server could not find some Links Pages. Those pages with current events appear to be updated weekly. Other pages such as Recreating the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens have not been updated since 1997. Visually Didaskalia is economical and pleasant. There are several links to visual representations of Greek and Roman theatre including contemporary productions. The site is logically and efficiently plotted out. Sources of information are easily identifiable along with the creator and publisher of the Web page. As a clearinghouse for current events about ancient Greek and Roman theatre Didaskalia is certainly of academic interest.