Tra incantamento e phobos. Alcuni esempi sugli effetti dell'aulos nei dialoghi di Platone e nella catarsi tragica / Between charm and phobos. Some reflections on aulos' effects in Platonic dialogues and tragic catharsis

TitleTra incantamento e phobos. Alcuni esempi sugli effetti dell'aulos nei dialoghi di Platone e nella catarsi tragica / Between charm and phobos. Some reflections on aulos' effects in Platonic dialogues and tragic catharsis
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsProvenza, A
EditorRocconi, E
Ancient AuthorsPlato Phil. (TLG 0059)
Book TitleLa musica nell'Impero Romano: Testimonianze teoriche e scoperte archeologiche = Music in the Roman Empire: Theoretical Evidence and Archaeological Findings
Pagination141-152
PublisherPavia University Press
CityPavia
ISBN9788896764022
Abstract

The power of the aulos and its effects on the soul were so emblematic for the Greeks, that they also made this instrument and its sounds into a metaphor of persuasion, as it happens for instance in some Platonic dialogues. On the other side, the aulos was also a 'perturbing' instrument, as it appears for instance in tragedy. Indeed it seems to work on the fears (phobos) and insecurities of tragic characters, and leads sometimes to the conclusive developments of the theatrical performance. As far as the audience in the theatre is concerned, the aulos instead may have had a role in the development of catharsis, since the audience would be able to connect its sounds with experiences of everyday life, especially with the Dionysiac cathartic rites. By means of catharsis, and because of its ethical implications, tragedy – with its utterly public context and role – seems then to have performed a most meaningful 'political' effect on the anxieties of the very large theatre audience. [p. 141]

Notes

Music in the Roman Empire contains the Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of MOISA, The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage, Cremona, Aula Magna, Facoltà di Musicologia, Università degli Studi di Pavia, 30-31 ottobre 2008.

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