Entertainment: Introduction

 

Entertainment is a form of activity that draws the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. Seeking entertainment is an important drive in human nature, and by itself a vital part in the functioning of cities.

 

Building on ancient foundations, Post-Classical cities offered various types of entertainment as well. These facilities were present throughout the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and were mostly known through historical sources. In this section an architectural approach is combined with an examination of material culture. As such, it focuses on the archaeological dimensions of public facilities, and seeks to provide a diachronic perspective on entertainment in Athens after Antiquity.

Two aspects of entertainment are discussed here. Firstly, an overview is given of entertainment in Ottoman Athens through an examination of related material culture found in the Agora. Secondly,   the baths in Ephesus and the changing nature of bathing are examined through an architectural analysis of relevant structures and of related artefact assemblages.

 

 

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