periaktos


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periaktos

In an ancient Greek theater, one of the two pieces of machinery placed on both sides of the stage for shifting scenes.
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A single large periaktos has probably not been used on the modern stage, but a large turntable is very similar and, like the periaktos, it can have several flat scenic backgrounds mounted on it.
Unlike the single large periaktos, the multiple periaktoi were lined up across the back of the stage and divided the background into several sections each mounted on a separate periaktos.