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By M. L. West

Historical Greece used to be permeated through track, and the literature teems with musical allusions. right here ultimately is a transparent, entire, and authoritative account that presupposes no unique wisdom of tune. themes lined comprise where of track in Greek existence, tools, rhythm, pace, modes and scales, melodic building, shape, historic concept and notation, and ancient improvement. Thirty surviving examples of Greek song are awarded in glossy transcription with research, and the ebook is absolutely illustrated. along with being thought of by itself phrases, Greek track is right here extra illuminated through being thought of in ethnological point of view, and a quick Epilogue units it as an alternative in a border sector among Afro-Asiatic and eu tradition. The publication might be of worth either to classicists and historians of track.

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Also on this day, it is assumed, the twenty dithyrambic choruses performed their pieces. The next three or four days were filled with the dramatic performances. 30 At the Great Panathenaea, choruses of young men and women sang paeans and danced through the first night on the Acropolis. We hear of 'ring-choruses' (the term normally used at Athens in connection with dithyrambs), and of dances in armour by men and by boys. At dawn a great procession set out bearing a new robe for Athena's statue. The sheep and cattle to be sacrificed were conducted by the religious officials, and after them came a band of citharists and auletes playing in concert at the head of the rest of the crowd of participants (Pl.

Ti. 47 d. Xenocrates ap. Mart. Cap. 9. 926, Chamaeleon fr. 6 Giordano, Aristox. fr. 6; E. R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (Berkeley and LA, 1951), 80. 91 Diogenes of Seleucia, SVF iii. 227. 19 (Philod. Mus. 4 pp. 48f. Neubecker). Perhaps the reference is to Parrhasius, who is reported to have sung while painting (Theophr. fr. 79 W. with Ael. VH 9. 11). < previous page page_31 next page > < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 as a means of countering physical ills. 92 In historical Greek medicine it played no part: regular doctors relied on physical measures such as exercise, baths, diet, drugs, or surgery.

See further W K. Pritchett, Ancient Greek Military Practices, i (Berkeley and LA, 1971), 105-8. < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 battle 'slowly, to the music of many pipers, as is their established custom, not for religious reasons but so that their approach should be even and rhythmical and their line not broken, as tends to happen with large forces as they come forward'. Plutarch develops the picture further: When their battle-line was ready drawn up, with the enemy looking on, the king would slaughter the nanny-goat, giving the word for everyone to put on wreaths and telling the pipers to pipe the Castor tune, while he gave the lead in the marching paean.

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