Quelle contribution l’épigraphie grecque apporte-t-elle à l’étude de la danse antique?

TitleQuelle contribution l’épigraphie grecque apporte-t-elle à l’étude de la danse antique?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsNaerebout, FG
EditorDelavaud-Roux, M-H
Book TitleMusiques et danses dans l' Antiquité. Actes du colloque international de Brest, 29 - 30 septembre 2006, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Series TitleCollection Histoire: Série Histoire ancienne
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes

Looking at the study of ancient Greek dance, we find a range of different sources that have been used in building up our image of that particular dance tradition. But pride of place goes to the literary texts (in the widest sense, from tragedians by way of historians to ethnographers) and to the visual arts. Epigraphic sources, however, are neglected. Of course, it would be very nice for those interested in ancient Greek dance to have a corpus of inscriptions relevant to the study of dancing. But bringing together source material should not be a self-sufficient exercise, « l’epigraphie pour l’epigraphie » (in this instance), it should be part of an ongoing effort to understand the place of the dance in ancient society. So we have to ask ourselves : what is it – or what should it be – that we would like to know, and is epigraphical evidence likely to provide answers to those questions? [p. 317]

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