Migrating Musical Myths: The Case of the Libyan Aulos

Title Migrating Musical Myths: The Case of the Libyan Aulos
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBarker, A
Ancient AuthorsEuripides Trag. (TLG 0006)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies

Allusions to the ‘Libyan aulos’ or ‘Libyan lōtos’ are quite common in Euripides, but occur nowhere in earlier texts and only sporadically later. The identity of the instrument to which these unusual expressions refer is something of a mystery. I argue that it cannot be a special kind of instrument distinct from the familiar aulos, but that the designation reflects a mythological tradition, difficult but by no means impossible to trace in our sources, according to which the aulos and its music originated in North Africa rather than in Phrygia, where the more familiar legends locate it. [http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22129758-12341308]


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