Phobos, incantamento e catarsi. Alcune riflessioni su ascolto dell' aulos e tragedia

TitlePhobos, incantamento e catarsi. Alcune riflessioni su ascolto dell' aulos e tragedia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsProvenza, A
JournalRivista di filologia e di istruzione classica
Volume137
Issue3-4
Pagination280-301
Abstract

The power of the aulos and its therapeutic effects on the soul are so emblematic for the Greeks that, on the one hand, they made this instrument and its sounds into a metaphor of persuasion and, on the other, they emphasized its upsetting effects, as happens for instance in some tragedies. The aulos sometimes contributes to the development of a drama, and may play a role in the development of tragic catharsis by reminding the audience of the cathartic Dionysiac rites. In this way, tragedy seems to have performed a meaningful ‘therapeutic’ effect on the emotions of the theatre audience. [http://www.loescher.it/download/riviste/rfic_abstracts/abstracts_annata_2009.pdf]

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