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ISBN: 9780199242399

Published: 1 Feb 04

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Music and the Muses

The Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City

Penelope Murray, Peter Wilson

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 complex of 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 narrowly conceived, 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 values and 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 and philosophical 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 to classical scholars, to cultural historians, and to anyone concerned with understanding the power of music as a cultural phenomenon.

The first study of the politics of Greek music

Offers new approaches to Greek religion

Provides integrated cultural analysis of Greek music and literature

Part I: Mousike and Religion
1: Alexander Hardie: Muses and Mysteries
2: Barbara Kowalzig: Changing choral worlds: song-dance and society in Athens and beyond
3: Ian Rutherford: Song-dance and state-pilgrimage at Athens
4: Paola Ceccarelli: Dancing the pyrrhikhe
Part II: Mousike on Stage
5: Eva Stehle: Choral prayer in Greek tragedy: euphemia or aischrologia?
6: Claude Calame: Choral forms in Aristophanic comedy: musical mimesis and dramatic performance in classical Athens
7: Andrew Barker: Transforming the nightingale: aspects of Athenian musical discourse in the late fifth century
Part III: The Politics of Mousike
8: Eric Csapo: The Politics of the New Music
9: Robert Wallace: Damon of Oa: a music theorist ostracized
10: Peter Wilson: Athenian strings
Part IV: Mousike and Paideia
11: Andrew Ford: catharsis: the power of music in Aristotle's Politics
12: Victoria Wohl: Dirty dancing: Xenophon's Symposium
13: Penelope Murray: The Muses and their arts

Edited by Penelope Murray , Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Warwick

Peter Wilson , University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of New College, Oxford

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