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Musical instruments
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I. Preliminary remarks

Musical instruments that have been preserved or graphically represented in a clear manner can easily be identified as such. Assigning them to their ancient names, however, and, conversely, assigning ancient names to particular instruments, is often either uncertain or impossible. Furthermore, one and the same musical instrument may have been called by dif…

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Zaminer, Frieder (Berlin), Volk, Konrad (Tübingen), Hickmann, Ellen (Hannover), Seidel, Hans (Markkleeberg) and Zanoncelli, Luisa (Milan), “Musical instruments”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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