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Acoustic Design of Ancient Buildings: The Odea of Pompeii and Posillipo

Department of Architecture and Industrial Design, Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Borgo San Lorenzo, 81031 Aversa (Ce), Italy
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Buildings 2020, 10(12), 224; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120224
Received: 10 October 2020 / Revised: 12 November 2020 / Accepted: 25 November 2020 / Published: 2 December 2020
In this paper, a typology of a building erected in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome is described: the Odeon. The Odeon is a covered building, but more modest in size than traditional open-air theatres without roofs. The Odeon could hold a few hundred spectators and therefore a smaller audience. The roof covering allowed the possibility of meetings even in adverse weather conditions. The etymology of the word of the Odeon (covered theatre) means the place of the ode, or of the songs. In this paper are discussed the architectonic and acoustic characteristics of the Odea of Pompeii and Posillipo. With commercial software (Odeon, Room Acoustics Software, Lyngby Denmark) we assess the acoustic characteristics of the Odea of Pompeii and Posillipo in the presence of an original roofing system and show that these buildings were well suited for music, songs and speech. View Full-Text
Keywords: ancient theatres; Odeon; cavea; orchestra; reverberation time; audience ancient theatres; Odeon; cavea; orchestra; reverberation time; audience
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Ciaburro, G.; Iannace, G.; Lombardi, I.; Trematerra, A. Acoustic Design of Ancient Buildings: The Odea of Pompeii and Posillipo. Buildings 2020, 10, 224. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120224

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Ciaburro G, Iannace G, Lombardi I, Trematerra A. Acoustic Design of Ancient Buildings: The Odea of Pompeii and Posillipo. Buildings. 2020; 10(12):224. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120224

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Ciaburro, Giuseppe; Iannace, Gino; Lombardi, Ilaria; Trematerra, Amelia. 2020. "Acoustic Design of Ancient Buildings: The Odea of Pompeii and Posillipo" Buildings 10, no. 12: 224. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120224

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