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Music in Ancient Greece and Rome

1st Edition

By John G Landels


320 pages

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Music in Ancient Greece and Rome provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of music from Homeric times to the Roman emperor Hadrian, presented in a concise and user-friendly way. Chapters include:

* contexts in which music played a role

* a detailed discussion of instruments

* an analysis of scales, intervals and tuning

* the principal types of rhythm used

* and an exploration of Greek theories of harmony and acoustics.

Music in Ancient Greece and Rome also contains numerous musical examples, with illustrations of ancient instruments and the methods of playing them.


'A well-illustrated and comprehensive introduction to ancient music from Homeric times to the emperor Hadrian … we recommend it highly as a book that is both scholarly and approachable, and of value to everyone with an interest in the subject, scholars, students and the general reader.' - Classical Association News

'John Landels has produced a lively and illuminating survey of what we know … his book can be recommended to any musical person wishing to imagine for himself the sound, the atmosphere and the meaning of ancient song and dance.' - Roger Scruton, The Times

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical