A lyre from the cemetery of the Acharnian Gate, Athens

TitleA lyre from the cemetery of the Acharnian Gate, Athens
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPsaroudakēs, S
EditorHickmann, E, Both, AA, Eichmann, R
Book TitleMusikarchäologie im Kontext = Music Archaeology in Contexts: archaeological semantics, historical implications, socio-cultural connotations
Series TitleStudien zur Musikarchäologie 5; Orient-Archäologie 20

So far, in reconstructions of the ancient Greek lyre of the Chelys type [Phaklares, Courbin, Roberts, Bélis, Prohászka], the arms of the instrument were fixed to the sound box, made from a carapace/ tortoise either with nails/nail or with varied internal struts, which were partially nailed to the carapace. However, a new find from a classical grave in the cemetery of the Acharnian Gate, Athens, suggests a different construction method for this part of the instrument: two large holes are symmetrically placed along the long axis of the carapace at the points where the lower end of the arms should be. This leads to the supposition that the arms were "slotted" into these holes, rather than being nailed or attached in a different manner to the inside of the body. Similar holes, which were discovered in other, so far unpublished lyre carapaces/ lyre [Lecce, Poseidonia and probably Ambrakia II and Lokkroi I], support this hypothesis. [http://www.vml.de/e/inhalt.php?ISBN=978-3-89646-650-1]


Music Archaeology in Contexts includes papers from the 4th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology at Monastery Michaelstein, 19-26 September, 2004

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