Music and the Muses: The Culture of 'mousikē' in the Classical Athenian City

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Penelope Murray, Peter Wilson, Professor Peter Wilson
Oxford University Press, 2004 - Всего страниц: 438
What was the role of mousike, the realm of the Muses, in Greek life? More wide-ranging in its implications than the English 'music', mousike lay at the heart of Greek culture, and was often indeed synonymous with culture. In its commonest form, it represented for the Greeks a seamless complexof music, poetic word, and physical movement, encompassing a vast array of performances - from small-scale entertainment in the private home to elaborate performances involving the entire community. Yet the history of the field, particularly in anglophone scholarship, has been hitherto narrowlyconceived, and the broader cultural significance of mousike largely ignored. Focusing mainly on classical Athens these new and specially commissioned essays analyse the theory and practice of musical performance in a variety of social contexts and demonstrate the centrality of mousike to the valuesand ideology of the polis. The so-called 'new musical revolution' in late fifth-century Athens receives serious treatment in this volume for the first time. A major theme of the book is the musical and mousike dimension of Greek religion, rarely analysed in its own right. The ethical andphilosophical aspects of Athenian mousike are another central concern, with the figure of the dancing philosopher as an emblem of music's role in intellectual life. The book as a whole provides an integrated cultural analysis of central aspects of Greek mousike, which will be of interest toclassical scholars, to cultural historians, and to anyone concerned with understanding the power of music as a cultural phenomenon.
 

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Introduction
1
Muses and Mysteries
11
SongDance
39
BARBARA Kow Alzi
67
Dancing the Pyrrhiché in Athens
91
Athenian Musical Discourse in the Late Fifth Century
185
The Politics of the New Music
205
Eric CSA
249
Athenian Strings
271
The Power of Music in Aristotles Politics
309
Xenophons Symposium
337
The Muses and their Arts
365
Bibliography
390
Index
431
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Penelope Murray is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Warwick. Peter Wilson is University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of New College, Oxford.

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