The Acoustics of the Cassino Roman Theatre

Authors

  • Silvana Sukaj European University of Tirana (UET), Tirana, Albania
  • Gino Iannace Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3182-3934
  • Umberto Berardi Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Giuseppe Ciaburro Università degli Studi della Campania, Aversa (Ce), Italy
  • Amelia Trematerra Università degli Studi della Campania, Aversa (Ce), Italy

Keywords:

ancient theatres, reverberation time, archeoacoustics, scena, orchestra, room acoustics

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Gino Iannace, Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Dipartimento di Architettura e Disegno Industriale

Published

2021-04-21

How to Cite

1.
Sukaj S, Iannace G, Berardi U, Ciaburro G, Trematerra A. The Acoustics of the Cassino Roman Theatre. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2021Apr.21 [cited 2021May12];49(1). Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/3425

Issue

Section

Article - Architectural Acoustics