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Greek Music

Music lesson

A music  lesson

Course Content 

This term we’ll be reading from some literary and technical sources for Ancient Greek music. We’ll start with the tale of the invention of the lyre in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, and then consult Pindar for an account of the origin of the aulos. Aristophanes Clouds will give us some clues about the controversial musical developments in the late 5th c., which we’ll further explore in the critique of music in Plato’s Republic.

We’ll then move on to some more technical writings, including Aristoxenus’ 4th c. BCE Elements of Harmony and the 2nd c. CE On Music falsely ascribed to Plutarch. We’ll also read some of the discussion of music in the fourteenth book of Athenaeus’ Banquet of the Learned.

Finally, we’ll study a 2nd c. BCE inscription containing the Hymn to Apollo by (another) Athenaeus along with musical notation.


Formal Details

10 meetings on Tuesdays (2.00-3.30 pm)

Term dates: 1 Oct - 3 Dec 2019

Venue: The Folk House, 40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG

Directions: see 

Class size: 8-10

Course fee: 120  (80 unwaged)

Materials will be supplied.

Course materials

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