Locusts, Grasshoppers and Cicadas as Muses: Different Ways of Visualising Insect Music in Antiquity

TitleLocusts, Grasshoppers and Cicadas as Muses: Different Ways of Visualising Insect Music in Antiquity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLeitmeir, F
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies
Volume5
Issue2
Pagination219–232
Abstract

The music of the τέττιξ and the ἀκρίς is a prominent topos in ancient literature, especially in Hellenistic poetry. However, the musical ability of these insects is also depicted in ancient art and could be distinguished in three categories: first, artists realistically represent the stridulatio; second, they show the juxtaposition of animal and instrument, and third,