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Dr. Owen Doonan: Theater of War: Performing Power on the city wall of Ancient Sinope

This talk considers the Sinope fortifications in light of broader evidence for the relationship between theater and war in Greek culture. Aeneas Tacticus, How to Survive under Siege (40.4-5) recounts a vivid episode in which the women of Sinope fooled the invading satrap Datames into believing they were male soldiers. The women dressed in armor and clanged pots and pans to deceive the enemy into thinking that the city was protected by a much larger force than they had. The importance of ancient fortification walls derived from the creation of a stage on which power could be performed.