Music, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece

ISBN : 9780198794462

Tom Phillips; Armand J. D'Angour
304 ページ
138 x 216 mm

What difference does music make to performance poetry, and how did the ancients understand this relationship? This volume attempts to answer these questions by exploring the interaction of music and language in the poetry of ancient Greece, arguing that music crucially informs the ways in which these texts create meaning and appeal to listeners, and exploring its place in contemporary critical writings by authors ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Plutarch.


Frontmatter; List of Figures; List of Abbreviations; List of Contributors; 0 Tom Phillips: Introduction: Music, Text, and Culture; I: Interpretation; 1 John C. Franklin: Epicentric Tonality and the Greek Lyric Tradition; 2 Armand D'Angour: The Musical Setting of Ancient Greek Texts; 3 Tom Phillips: Words and the Musician: Pindar's Dactylo-Epitrites; 4 Oliver Thomas: Music in Euripides' Medea; 5 Stelios Psaroudakes: Mesomedes' Hymn to the Sun: The Precipitation of Logos in the Melos; II: Theory, Reception, Contexts; 6 Naomi Weiss: Hearing the Syrinx in Euripidean Tragedy; 7 Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi: Lyric Atmospheres: Plato and Mimetic Evanescence; 8 Pierre Destree: Aristotle on Music for Leisure; 9 James I. Porter: Sounds You Cannot Hear: Cicero and the Tradition of Sublime Criticism; 10 Andrew Barker: Disreputable Music: A Performance, a Defence, and their Intertextual and Intermedial Resonances (Plutarch Quaest. conv. 704c4-705b6); Endmatter; Bibliography; Index


Tom Phillips is a Supernumerary Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, having previously held a Junior Research Fellowship at the college from 2013-16. He is currently working on the Leverhulme-funded project 'Anachronism and Antiquity', and his research focuses on archaic and classical lyric, Hellenistic poetry, and ancient scholarly culture. His first book, Pindar's Library: Performance Poetry and Material Texts (Oxford University Press, 2016) deals with the reception of Pindar in the Hellenistic period. ; Armand D'Angour is Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford and has been a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Jesus College since 2000. He is the author of numerous articles on Greek and Latin literature and on ancient Greek music, as well as the monograph The Greeks and the New: Novelty in Ancient Greek Imagination and Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is a composer of verse in Latin and Greek, including commissioned Odes for the Athens Olympics in 2004 and the London Olympics in 2012.