Music and Musicians in Ancient Greece

TitleMusic and Musicians in Ancient Greece
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsAnderson, WD
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Euripides Trag. (TLG 0006)
Number of Pagesxiii + 248 pp.
PublisherCornell University Press

Drawing on a vast array of sources both in literature and in art, Warren D. Anderson here illuminates the place of musicians and music-making in Greek life from the Archaic to the Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman periods. In his treatment of the musicians, Anderson addresses such topics as their costumes and sacral robes, their affinities with shamans and gods, the nature of their identification with the individual (the "outsider") or with the group, and their status as slaves or as freeborn citizens. As part of the larger picture, he discusses their instruments, principally the lyre or kithara and the double reed pipes, and he introduces the musical practices of other cultures as suggestive parallels. Appendices include technical descriptions of the instruments, details of scale-building and notation, and fragmentary remains of actual texts with notation, among them settings of passages from Euripides' tragedies. []


AC 1996 65: 399 Paul Van Langenhoven; CW 1998 92 (1): 78-79 Jon Solomon; Notes, 2nd Series 1996 52 (3): 804-805 Douglas Leedy; American Historical Review 1997 102 (2): 432-433 Robert W. Wallace; CR 1996 46 (2): 259-261 E. Kerr Borthwick; Yearbook for Traditional Music 1995 27: 175 S.B.; Music & Letters 1996 77 (3): 442-445 David Wulstan; Echos du monde classique: Classical views 1996 40 (n.s. 15): 305-308 David A. Campbell

Site information

© 2007-2012 MOISA: International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and Its Cultural Heritage

Site designed by Geoff Piersol and maintained by Stefan Hagel
All rights reserved.