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

Hardcover | November 4, 2004

EditorPenelope Murray, Peter Wilson

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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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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...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:452 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:November 4, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Mousike and Religion1. Alexander Hardie: Muses and Mysteries2. Barbara Kowalzig: Changing choral worlds: song-dance and society in Athens and beyond3. Ian Rutherford: Song-dance and state-pilgrimage at Athens4. Paola Ceccarelli: Dancing the pyrrhikhePart II: Mousike on Stage5. 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 Athens7. Andrew Barker: Transforming the nightingale: aspects of Athenian musical discourse in the late fifth centuryPart III: The Politics of Mousike8. Eric Csapo: The Politics of the New Music9. Robert Wallace: Damon of Oa: a music theorist ostracized10. Peter Wilson: Athenian stringsPart IV: Mousike and Paideia11. Andrew Ford: catharsis: the power of music in Aristotle's Politics12. Victoria Wohl: Dirty dancing: Xenophon's Symposium13. Penelope Murray: The Muses and their arts