An ancient Christian hymn with musical notation. Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786: text and commentary

TitleAn ancient Christian hymn with musical notation. Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786: text and commentary
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCosgrove, CH
Series TitleStudien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 65
Number of Pages232 pp.
PublisherMohr Siebeck
CityTübingen
ISBN9783161509230
Abstract

In this book, Charles Cosgrove undertakes a comprehensive examination of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786, an ancient Greek Christian hymn dating to the late third century that offers the most ancient surviving example of a notated Christian melody. The author analyzes the text and music of the hymn, situating it in the context of the Greek literary and hymnic tradition, ancient Greek music, early Christian liturgy and devotion, and the social setting of Oxyrhynchus circa 300 C.E. The broad sweep of the commentary touches the interests of classical philologists, specialists in ancient Greek music, church historians, and students of church music history. [http://www.mohr.de/en/theology/text-editions/buch/an-ancient-christian-hymn-with-musical-notation.html?tx_commerce_pi1%5BcatUid%5D=0&cHash=8a71f1b1250c0ca165e6432c69957c17]

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Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum 2012 55: 157-161 Stefan Hagel; Greek and Roman Musical Studies 2014 2: 211-213 Martin West