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Music and Image in Classical Athens

Music and Image in Classical Athens


  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521848060

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  • During the fifth century BC, Athens witnessed the explosion of images depicting musical performance, such as Apollo and the Muses, frisky satyrs, the poet Orpheus, youths at school, brides at weddings, and the dead at tombs. Primarily found in vase paintings, but also in sculpture and now-lost wall paintings, these images provide insight into the musical culture of the time, In this study, Sheramy Bundrick proposes that the depictions of musical performance were intimately linked to contemporary developments in the field of music itself, such as the debate over music in education, theories of musical ethos, and the growing popularity of professional musicians. Moreover, she argues that music became a visual metaphor for the harmony - or disharmony - of the city. Her book is the first to consider the broad range of musical images in the dynamic classical period, as well as their sociocultural and artistic implications.

    • Interdisciplinary study of interest to art historians, classicists, and musicologists
    • Only book-length study devoted to fifth-century BC musical imagery
    • Takes a contextual approach to Greek art, in this case images of music in Athens
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Music and Image in Classical Athens provides a valuable contribution to the discussion of the social significance of music in Ancient Greece.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    '… a remarkably lovely volume … [it] regales us with a world of information about the marvelous details of the dominant role that music played … Sell your bed and buy this book!' J. Harold Ellens, Journal of Psychology and Christianity

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521848060
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 110 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Music and image in fifth-century Athens
    2. Representing musical instruments
    3. Mousike: the art of the Muses
    4. Ethos and the character of musical imagery
    5. Harmonia and the life of the city
    6. Conclusion: musical revolutions in Classical Athens.

  • Author

    Sheramy Bundrick, University of South Florida

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