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A Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Music

Lynch, Tosca A. C. / Rocconi, Eleonora (Editor)

Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World


1. Edition July 2020
544 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-27547-3
John Wiley & Sons

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A comprehensive guide to music in Classical Antiquity and beyond

Drawing on the latest research on the topic, A Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Music provides a detailed overview of the most important issues raised by the study of ancient Greek and Roman music. An international panel of contributors, including leading experts as well as emerging voices in the field, examine the ancient 'Art of the Muses' from a wide range of methodological, theoretical, and practical perspectives.

Written in an engaging and accessible style, this book explores the pervasive presence of the performing arts in ancient Greek and Roman culture--ranging from musical mythology to music theory and education, as well as archaeology and the practicalities of performances in private and public contexts. But this Companion also explores the broader roles played by music in the Graeco-Roman world, examining philosophical, psychological, medical and political uses of music in antiquity, and aspects of its cultural heritage in Mediaeval and Modern times.

This book debunks common myths about Greek and Roman music, casting light on yet unanswered questions thanks to newly discovered evidence. Each chapter includes a discussion of the tools or methodologies that are most appropriate to address different topics, as well as detailed case studies illustrating their effectiveness. This book
* Offers new research insights that will contribute to the future developments of the field, outlining new interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the importance of performing arts in the ancient world and its reception in modern culture
* Traces the history and development of ancient Greek and Roman music, including their Near Eastern roots, following a thematic approach
* Showcases contributions from a wide range of disciplines and international scholarly traditions
* Examines the political, social and cultural implications of music in antiquity, including ethnicity, regional identity, gender and ideology
* Presents original diagrams and transcriptions of ancient scales, rhythms, and extant scores that facilitate access to these vital aspects of ancient music for scholars as well as practicing musicians

Written for a broad range of readers including classicists, musicologists, art historians, and philosophers, A Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Music provides a rich, informative and thought-provoking picture of ancient music in Classical Antiquity and beyond.

List of Illustrations xi

Notes on Contributors xiii

Abbreviations xix

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction 1
Eleonora Rocconi and Tosca A.C. Lynch

Part I Mythical Paradigms 11

1 The Mythology of the Muses 13
Penelope Murray

2 Apollo and Music 25
Ian Rutherford

3 Dionysus and the Ambiguity of Orgiastic Music 37
Giorgio Ieranò

4 Pan and the Music of Nature 49
Pauline LeVen

5 Musical Heroes 61

Susanna Sarti

6 Musical Metamorphoses in the Roman World 75

Luigi Galasso

Part II Contexts and Practices 87

7 Ancient Musical Performance in Context: Places, Settings, and Occasions 89
Sylvain Perrot

8 Documenting Music 103
Maria Chiara Martinelli

9 Visualizing Music 117
Sheramy D. Bundrick

10 Music in Classical Greek Drama 131
Marco Ercoles

11 Music in Roman Drama 145
Timothy J. Moore

12 Ancient Greek Choreia 161
Naomi A. Weiss

13 Roman Dance 173
Zoa Alonso Fernández

14 Musical Competitors and Competitions in Greece and Rome 187
Timothy Power

15 The Vocal Art in Greek and Roman Antiquity 201
Konstantinos Melidis

16 Musical Instruments of Greek and Roman Antiquity 213
Chrestos Terzes

17 Ancient Greek Music and the Near East 229
John C. Franklin

Part III Conceptualizing Music: Musical Theory and Thought 243

18 Acoustics 245
Egert Pöhlmann

19 Harmonics 257
Andrew Barker

20 Rhythmics 275
Tosca A.C. Lynch

21 Notation 297
Stefan Hagel

22 Music in Greek and Roman Education 311
Massimo Raffa

23 Musical Aesthetics 323
Eleonora Rocconi

24 Music and Emotions 337
Francesco Pelosi

25 Music and Medicine 351
Antonietta Provenza

26 The Music of the Words in Roman Rhetoric 365
Verena Schulz

Part IV Music and Society: Musical Identities, Ideology, and Politics 379

27 Between Local and Global: Music and Cultural Identity in Ancient Greece 381
Mark Griffith

28 Music and Gender in Greek and Roman Culture: Female Performers and Composers 397
Mariella De Simone

29 "Old" and "New" Music: The Ideology of Mousike 409
Armand D'Angour

30 The Politics of Theater Music in Fifth- and Fourth-Century Greece 421
Eric Csapo and Peter Wilson

31 Music, Power, and Propaganda in Julio-Claudian Imperial Rome (27 BC-68 AD) 435
Paola Dessì

Part V Rediscovering Ancient Music: The Cultural Heritage of Mousike 447

32 The Reception of Greek Music Theory in the Middle Ages: Boethius and the Portraits of Ancient Musicians 449
Cecilia Panti

33 Ancient Greek Music in Early Modern Italy: Performance and Self-Representation 461
Donatella Restani

34 The Visual Heritage: Images of Ancient Music before and after the Rediscovery of Pompeii 473
Daniela Castaldo


Diagrams of the Ancient Modes (Harmoniai) as Aulos and Lyre Tunings 489
Tosca A.C. Lynch

General Index 497
TOSCA A.C. LYNCH has been Junior Research Fellow in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford (2016-19). She is Visiting Professor in Greek Literature, Metre and Music at the Department of Cultures and Civilisations, University of Verona, and Research Associate at the Classics Faculty, University of Oxford.

ELEONORA ROCCONI is Associate Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage, University of Pavia (Cremona), and editor-in-chief of the journal Greek and Roman Musical Studies.