Sarsina, cradle of theater
The small town of Sarsina gave birth to Plautus, the great Roman play-wright. However, that's not its only connection to theater...
In Greek mythology and religion, the thiasus (Greek thiasos ), was the ecstatic retinue of Dionysus, often pictured as inebriated revelers. Many of the myths of Dionysus are connected with his arrival in the form of a procession.
Dionysus (; Greek: Διόνυσος, Dionysos) is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology. His name, thought to be a theonym in Linear B tablets as di-wo-nu-so ( KH Gq 5 inscription), shows that he may have been worshipped as early as c.
Titus Maccius Plautus (/ˈplɔːtəs/; c. 254 – 184 BC), commonly known as "Plautus", was a Roman playwright of the Old Latin period. His comedies are the earliest surviving intact works in Latin literature.
Although the origin of Greek drama cannot be known with any certainty, we do know that tragedy and comedy had deep roots in the religious and communal life of the Greek polis and were closely connected with the worship of the god Dionysus (sometimes spelled Dionysos, called Bacchus by the Romans).
Among the finds from the town itself, the big polichrome floor mosaic called "Dionysus' Triumph" is of exceptional interest: it was a house floor showing the god over a tiger cart, Pan and a young satyr going with him. On a round bar in eight boxes you can see eight animals, and in eight triangles many different birds.