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

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - 438 pages
What was the role of mousike in Greek life? Broader in its implications than the English music, mousike, the realm of the Muses, lay at the heart of Greek culture. Yet, despite its centrality, its social and intellectual implications have rarely been investigated. In these new and specially commissioned essays leading experts analyze the political, religious, and ethical significance of musical performance in the classical Athenian city, and open up a new field of investigation in cultural history.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Muses and Mysteries
11
and Society in Athens and Beyond
39
Dancing the Pyrrhichē in Athens
91
Euphemia or Aischrologia?
121
Athenian Musical Discourse in the Late Fifth Century
185
The Politics of Mousikē
205
A Music Theorist Ostracized?
249
Athenian Strings
269
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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