Reconstructing Damon: Music, Wisdom Teaching, and Politics in Perikles Athens

Hardcover | October 24, 2015

byRobert W. Wallace

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Fifth-century Athenian musical and political theorist Damon was the first to study music's psychological, behavioural, and political effects, profoundly influencing debates on music theory throughout antiquity. Considered by Isokrates to be the most intelligent Athenian of his age, Damonworked alongside Perikles during the most vibrant decades of Athens' democracy. Probably using fourth-century BC sources, Olympiodoros records that "Damon taught Perikles the songs through which Perikles harmonized the city". However, musical and political entanglements caused this teacher-theoristto be ostracized from Athens for ten years, at the height of Perikles' power. Reconstructing Damon is the first comprehensive study of the most important theorist of music and poetic meter in ancient Athens, detailing his extensive influence, and providing the first systematic collection, translation, and critical examination of all ancient testimonia for him. In doing so,this volume makes an important contribution to a number of key fields, including classical Greek music and music theory, fifth-century philosophy (particularly the sophists), political history including the growth of democracy, and the life and career of Perikles.

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Fifth-century Athenian musical and political theorist Damon was the first to study music's psychological, behavioural, and political effects, profoundly influencing debates on music theory throughout antiquity. Considered by Isokrates to be the most intelligent Athenian of his age, Damonworked alongside Perikles during the most vibrant...

Robert W. Wallace is Professor of Classics at Northwestern University. A graduate of Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard, he has written or edited seven books and some 85 articles in the fields of Greek history, literature, law, music theory, and coinage. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Siena, Pisa, Urbino, Trento, Ha...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.81 inPublished:October 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface: Plato on DamonAbbreviations and ReferencesIntroductionPart I1. Teaching and Wisdom Counsel2. Damon's and#x00CA;thos Theories of Music and Poetic Meter3. Music and Politics4. Damon after PlatoConclusionPart IITestimonia and CommentaryAppendix 1: Did Damon Publish?Appendix 2: Damon's ChronologyAppendix 3: The and#x00CA;thos TheoryAppendix 4: Four QuestionsConspectus of TestimoniaSelect BibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index