The Acoustics of the Cassino Roman Theatre
Keywords:ancient theatres, reverberation time, archeoacoustics, scena, orchestra, room acoustics
In this paper, the acoustic characteristics of the ancient Roman theatre of Cassino are discussed. The theatre was built during the Imperial Age and was abandoned and destroyed after the Barbaric invasions. The theatre has been rebuilt in recent years and it is currently used for summer events ad performance. To measure the acoustic characteristics of this ancient theatre, the authors used a spherical omnidirectional sound source placed on the stage and in the orchestra. The results show that nowadays the theatre has a short reverberation time equal to 0.6 seconds due to the lack of the stage wall, which has not been rebuilt. The weak sound strength justifies the use of electro-acoustic amplification systems which during the summer season, are adopted to improve the acoustic experience in this ancient theatre.
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