Mercouri featured at Ancient Greek Theater Festival of Carnuntum in Austria

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Mercouri featured at Ancient Greek Theater Festival of Carnuntum in AustriaThe festival was founded thirty years ago by the award-winning Greek-Italian visual artist and director Piero Bordin

The Ancient Greek Theater Festival of Carnuntum began on Saturday, at the amphitheater of the ancient Roman city of Carnuntum-today's Austrian city of Petronell, featuring Melina Mercouri, the 'most important Greek woman of the 20th-century', who first conceived and instituted the term 'European Capital of Culture', ANA reports.

The festival was launched on Saturday with 'Born Of Myths', a poetic-musical journey to the roots of European civilization, with acclaimed Austrian theatre director Helga David and German composer Hans-Gunter Heumann, reading texts dating back 2,500 years and singing immortal Melina Mercouri songs, under conductor and artistic director of Vienna's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Konstantinos Diminakis. 

This year's festival program, which lasts until August 23, includes three performances by the famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theater London, an archaic production based on renown Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz titled 'The Recognized Unknown', and a production by festival director Piero Bordin titled Summit Meeting, with contemporary references and parallels to the so-called 'conference of the many Augustus', also known as the Carnuntum Conference. There, Emperor Diocletian called a conference of emperors on November 11, 308 AD, in order to reorganize the system of tetrarchy (the regional Augustus rulers) and to bring stability to the Empire. Emperor Constantine emerged as the new strong man in the ensuing conflicts with the tetrarchs. The Carnuntum conference paved the way for the transition from the many ancient Gods to the rapid spread of Christianity, and this has been observed by Piero Bordin, who researched it extensively, having been born by a Greek mother in Vienna.

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