Today’s blog shows Dr Kyle Erickson’s module Courts and Societies in action. The students in this class participate in this class as members of the Seleucid and Ptolemaic courts of the Hellenistic period. The get to experience the political complexities and intrigue of Hellenistic court life by enacting it for themselves.
The Hellenistic pug
The Seleucid Court performing rituals to inaugurate their festival.
The rituals continue.
The parade of the King Seleucid.
Meanwhile in the Ptolemaic kingdom, King Ptolemy VI (aka Dr Kyle Erickson).
The Seleucid royals making deals with representatives of Mesopotamia and Antioch.
The people of Alexandria are rioting right before the guests (representatives of Memphis, Judea and Rome) start to arrive to the festival. Ptolemy VI and his brother, Physcon, are dealing with the requests from the mob.
The LION is being handled and readied for the games.
Either the LION got out of control or the actors are rehearsing prior the Herakles themed acting games.
Cleopatra in the city of Alexandria.
All the requests from the Alexandrian mob have been dealt with and the guests have started to arrive to the festival.
Rituals are being performed prior the games.
A sacrifice has been made and accepted by the gods.
Some prayers have been said and the rest of the meat, fruit and drink is being offered to the masses.
The king, easily identified by the large ‘gold necklace’ and belt, is parading along with the rest of the royal family.
A golden crown is being paraded. This is to be the price for the winner of the acting games of the Ptolemaia.
The games! A horse race is taking place.
A play is being performed, one of Herakles’ labours is being recreated.
The winner of the acting games.
King Ptolemy VI is dead, it appears he was poisoned during the games.