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En parcourant le Val des Muses. Remarques sur un concours musical de l’Antiquité: les Mouseia de Thespies
|Title||En parcourant le Val des Muses. Remarques sur un concours musical de l’Antiquité: les Mouseia de Thespies|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Book Title||Musique et poésie dans l’Antiquité. Actes du colloque de Clermont-Ferrand, Université Blaise Pascal, 23 mai 1997|
|Series Title||Collection ERGA 2|
|Publisher||Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal|
'In which way can the history of competitions throw some light on the links between poetry and music in antiquity'? 'How can we define and describe a music festival of the Greek past'? The example of the Mouseia helps to put into perspective the conclusions of J. Frei (1900) on this topic, since at that time many new important epigraphic documents of the site were not yet published. The history of the Mouseia is marked by a reform dated of the Hellenistic period, and later by the Roman influence which prevailed from the 1st century B.C. until the decline and the vanishing of those festivals. The reorganization of the musical competitions took place between 223 and 208 B.C., and concerned precisely the so-called 'thymelic' competition, that included specifically musical performances. On the other hand, during the time of the Roman power, the authorities in charge of the administration of the festivals achieved to increase the number of various competitions of declamation, which eventually became more important than the thymelic competitions.
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