Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNaerebout, FG
EditorRaja, R, Rüpke, J
Book TitleA companion to the archaeology of religion in the ancient world
Series TitleBlackwell companions to the ancient world
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISBN9781444350005 (print); 9781118886809 (ebook)

The association of dance with music, expressed in this chapter by the word “musicking”, is strong enough for there to be in the ancient Greek world a concept mousike which includes both the acoustic and kinetic components. Ethnographic research shows that dance is as prone to change as any other phenomenon in human society – which implies that the common practice of combining evidence from sources ranging from the Bronze Age to Byzantium in a single picture of the dance, or of individual dances, in ancient society cannot be other than misleading. The chapter explains the position of dance in society, and its functions within a ritual context. It also discusses performance spaces and accoutrements of dancers. []


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