Musical Instruments as Votive Gifts in the Ancient World

TitleMusical Instruments as Votive Gifts in the Ancient World
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
EditorBellia, A, Bundrick, SD
Series TitleTelestes: Studi e ricerche di archeologia musicale nel Mediterraneo 4
Number of Pages116 pp.
PublisherFabrizio Serra editore
CityPisa; Roma

This volume started life as the proceedings of the first colloquium of the Archaeomusicology Interest Group (AMIG), within the 119th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), held in Boston, Massachusetts, January 4-7, 2018. Contributors have debated how each instrument is not an isolated unit, but a component of musical performance in cult considered as an offering to the divinity within the framework of the ritual ceremony. The aim of the conference, and its proceedings, is not only to enhance our knowledge of instruments as votive gifts by exploring and discussing the many different motives for the dedication of them to the gods, but also to study musical performances in ancient cultures as an essential component of worship and ritual. The practice of dedicating musical instruments to the gods in the ancient world - along with figurines of instruments and texts of song - is well attested by a variety of sources, temple-accounts, and the discovery during excavations of the instruments themselves, which often bear votive inscriptions. Worshippers and musicians tried to give a more lasting effect to the musical performance by dedicating instruments in honour of a god or a goddess, in the framework of the ritual ceremony. []

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