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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (Φρῦνις/ Phrŷnis). Citharist from Mytilene, active 446-416 in Athens; a key figure of the 'New Music' of the late 5th century BC [5. 12]. Of his works nothing survives. Brought to the cithara (in about 480) by Aristocleides, a descendant of Terpander (schol. Aristoph. Nub. 971), P. was victorious at the Panathenaea in 446 [2. 40ff.] and was defeated in about 416 by Timotheus [4. 1332]. By applying freer rhythms (Phot. 320b), altered tuning (Plut. De musica 1141f) and kampaí (here: 'modulations') [3. 184f., 190] he renewed Terpander's citharody (Plut. De m…


(2,153 words)

Author(s): Hausleiter | Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] I. Egypt and Ancient Orient As in all ancient culture, dance played an important role in the Ancient Orient as well as in Egypt; the documentary evidence for the latter, however, is incomparably better, both in pictures and in texts ─ there was hardly a part of life not involving dance: dances accompanied ‘rites of passage’ were magic-apotropaic, ecstatic, worshipful, amusing-entertaining, and even eroticizing. Children, women, and men danced together in separate groups; alongside, the…

Talarius ludus

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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (from Latin talus, 'ankle', 'dice'). The four secure written records about the TL allow no final conclusion as to whether it was a Roman game of dice (thus [7. 1842]) or a type of staged presentation in which the performers wore a toga that reached down to their ankles. For Cicero (Cic. Att. 1,16,3; Cic. Off. 1,150), the TL was immoral and the lowest profession next to 'salve vendors' and 'dancers' (Entertainers); Quintilianus (Inst. 11,3,58) emphasises its frolicsomeness and implies song as an accompaniment…


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (Τέρπνος; Terpnós). Famous citharode. When Nero became emperor in 54 AD, he summoned T., listened to him daily and used him as inspiration for his own music (Suet. Nero 20,1); towards the end of his reign (67) Nero was allowed to 'defeat' T. at the Períodos (Cass. Dio 8-10; Philostr. VA 5,7-8). Vespasian in contrast honoured T. with 200,000 HS on the occasion of the restoration of the Roman Theatrum Marcelli (Suet. Vesp. 19). Harmon, Roger (Basle)


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (πυρρίχη/ pyrrhíchē, Latin pyrrhica). A widespread and well-documented ancient weapon dance. Its early date is suggested by the tales of its origin (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 7,72,7), linking the pyrrhiche with the Curetes (Str. 10,4,16) and with Athena's dances at her own birth (Lucian, Dialogi deorum 13 Macleod) and at the victory over the Titans (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. ibid.); other explanations derive the pyrrhiche from Achilles' dance before the funeral pyre ( pyrá) of Patroclus (Aristot. fr. 519 Rose), from Pyrrhus' dance of victory (Archil. fr. 190 Ber…


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (Σακάδας; Sakádas). Poet and famous aulos player from Argos. He participated in the second organisation ( katástasis) of music in Sparta (Plut. Mor. 1134bc) and won the Pythian agṓn (Pythia [2]) three times in a row from 586 BC in Delphi, when solo performances of the aulos were introduced there (Paus. 10,7,3-5; 6,14,10; cf. Musical instruments V.B.1.). His winning piece, which described Apollo's fight with the dragon in five parts, became known as the ‘Pythian nomos’ (Nomos [3]; ibid. 2,22,8; [1]). S. also wrote elegiac verses (Plut. Mor. 1134a), a nomos for choir in …


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (Ὠλήν/ Ōlḗn). Founder of a cult, from the time before Orpheus (Paus. 9,27,2), from Lycia (Callim. H. 4,304-305) or descending from the Hyperboreans (Paus. 10,5,7-8). O. brought the worship of Apollo (cf. his epithet Lýkeios , Aesch. Ag. 1257) to Delphi (Paus. 10,5,7-8). He also brought hymns to Eileithyia (ibid. 1,18,5), Hera (ibid. 2,13,3) and the Hyperboreans Opis and Arge (Hdt. 4,35) to Delos, where these hymns were still sung in the 2nd cent. AD; Pausanias quotes them (2,13,3; 5,7,8; 8,21,3; 9,27,2). Harmon, Roger (Basle)

Musicians (female)

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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] I. Introduction Historical studies of music in the ancient world, as in other eras, tacitly assumed that the contributions of men are the unspoken universal, with women's contributions being regarded only as a special case. A gender-conscious examination (cf. Gender studies) of ancient musical culture reveals paradigms such as ‘public/private’, ‘productive/reproductive’ or ‘canonical/non-canonical,’ which were identified by feminist musicologists for later eras [17; 12; 3; 10; 19; 1…


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (Πρόνομος/ Prónomos). The most outstanding of the Theban auletes (Anth. Plan. 16,28), aulos teacher of Alcibiades [3] (Ath. 4,184d). Was the first to play several keys on one and the same aulos (Paus. 9,12,5; cf. Ath. 14,631e). His facial expression and body movement heightened the effectiveness of his playing (Paus. 9,12,6). A vase painting from c. 400 BC depicts P. playing (interpretation of the painting is debated [1. 186-187; 2]). As late as 369 BC, his melodies were played to accompany the building of Messene (Paus. 4,27,7). Harmon, Roger (Basle) Bibliography 1 Pi…


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (σιμῳδία/ simōidía). A Hellenistic genre of ‘low’ lyric poetry, named after its most important representative, Simus of Magnesia (Str. 14,1,41; Aristocles in Ath. 14,620d). According to Aristocles, sim ōidía was a newer term for hilarōidía (Ath. loc.cit.), which had become popular with some because of the fame of Simus in comparison to earlier hilarōidoí. It is related by Strabo to lysiōidía (‘play with female characters in male attire’) and magōidía (‘rude pantomime’; Str. loc.cit.; cf. Ath. 14,620e) as well as to kinaidologeȋn (‘talk of obscene things’); cf. Ath.…


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (τεχνῖται/ technîtai). Originally a general term for artisans and artists, attested epigraphically from 278/7 BC in the (always expanded [1. 2519]) formula οἱ περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον τεχνῖται ('the technitai around Dionysus'). These 'artists' associations' ( koina, synodoi) brought together, amongst others musicians, poets, actors(perh. including women: [2. 54-55], but cf. [1. 2527]), providers of costumes and stage properties, to meet the increasing demand for musical and staged performances of the Attic style in the He…

Sound theory

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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle) | Harmon
[German version] I. Origins It is difficult to differentiate the concepts of basic acoustic and musical terms in the ancient European languages, just as it is in modern languages ( cf. German Klang (‘sound’) and Ton (‘tone’, ‘sound’), [3. 130]). We can, however, trace the development of individual words from everyday usage down to a specific technical meaning in the wake of the emergence of ancient science. In Greek, this semantic field includes such terms as ψόφος/ psóphos, φθόγγος/ phthóngos, φωνή/ phōnḗ and τόνος/ tónos. P sóphos is the general term for ‘noise’ as a phenomeno…


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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] (ῥόμβος/ rhómbos, Lat. rhombus, ‘bull-roarer’), a wooden object which, when attached to a string (Schol. Clem. Al. Protrepticus 2,17,2) and twirled in the air (Eur. Hel. 1362), produced a loud (Schol. Apoll. Rhod. 1,1139), hissing (Schol. Clem. Al. ibid.) sound, the volume of which depended on the force of the motion (Archyt. fr. 1). It was used in the mysteries of Dionysus (Anth. Pal. 6,165), Cybele (Ath. 14,636a) and Demeter (OF 110). The rhombos as a tool of magic - often connected with the wryneck ( iynx ) - is barely distinguishable in the sources ( e.g., Theoc. Id. 2,3…

Song of Sicilus (Seikilos)

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Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle)
[German version] The only surviving ancient Greek song with musical notation whose origin is neither liturgical nor dramatic. It is inscribed on a grave stele from the 1st century AD, found in Tralles (Asia minor) in 1883; now in Copenhagen, NM (inv. 14897). The song is preceded by a votive inscription and followed by a now mostly destroyed explanation, both in the name of Sicilus (Σείκιλος/ Seíkilos), the donor of the stele. The text of the song, consisting of four iambic dimeters, exhorts: “As long as you live, shine!” The melody raises problems: the spec…


(3,201 words)

Author(s): Chase, Michael (Victoria, BC) | Harmon, Roger (Basle)
(Πορφύριος; Porphýrios), Neoplatonist philosopher and scholar. [German version] A. Life P. ( c. AD 234 -305/310) came from a wealthy family of Phoenician Tyre (Tyrus). Nothing is known of his childhood. At Athens he studied mathematics under Demetrius, grammar with Apollonius, rhetoric with Minucianus and especially philology, literary criticism and philosophy with the great scholar Longinus [1], a representative of Middle Platonism. Possibly on Longinus' recommendation, P. left Athens in 263 to join the sc…


(340 words)

Author(s): Johannsen, Nina (Kiel) | Harmon, Roger (Basle)
(Ζῆθος/ Zêthos). [German version] [1] Son of Zeus and Antiope (Pind. fr. 52k,44: Ζέαθος/ Zéathos). Son of Zeus and Antiope [1]. A parallel is sometimes drawn between Z. and his twin brother Amphion [1], and Castor and Polydeuces (Dioscuri) (Pherecydes FGrH 3 F 124; Eur. HF 29). Together with Zeus, Epopeus is also considered to be their father (Asius fr. 1 EpGF). Exposed after birth, the twins are brought up by herdsmen (Exposure, myths and legends of). When Antiope manages to escape from her captivity by Dirc…


(3,978 words)

Author(s): Fortenbaugh, William W. | Harmon, Roger (Basle)
(Θεόφραστος/ Theóphrastos). Peripatetic philosopher, c. 371/0-287/6 BC, pupil and successor of Aristotle (Aristoteles [6]). [German version] I. Life Peripatetic philosopher, c. 371/0-287/6 BC T., born in Eresus on Lesbos, is said to have been a pupil of Alcippus. If he also studied in Athens with Plato [1], he must have had contact not only with Aristotle (Aristoteles [6]), but also with Speusippus and Xenocrates. After Plato's death (347), T. followed Aristotle to Asia Minor, then to Macedonia when Aristotle was summ…


(975 words)

Author(s): Bloch, René (Berne) | Riedweg, Christoph (Zürich) | Harmon, Roger (Basle)
(Δάμων; Dámōn) [German version] [1] Prince of the Telchines Prince of the  Telchines. Father-in-law of Minos and ancestor of Miletus. When the Telchines were struck dead by lightning by Jupiter because they poisoned crops, D. and his family were spared in gratitude for hospitality provided. Only his daughter Macelo and her husband were among the victims (Nic. in the schol. Ov. Ib. 475). Bloch, René (Berne) [German version] [2] Pythagorean from Syracuse A Pythagorean from Syracuse, friend of Phintias, for whom he stood surety with his life. According to Aristoxenus (…


(670 words)

Author(s): Schmitz, Winfried (Bielefeld) | Lakmann, Marie-Luise (Münster) | Harmon, Roger (Basle)
(Θράσυλλος; Thrásyllos). [German version] [1] Athenian commander in the Peloponnesian War (also Θράσυλος; Thrásylos). From Athens, served as a hoplite in the armed forces on Samos in 411 BC and was significantly involved there in the overthrow of an oligarchic revolution (Thuc. 8,73). Together with Thrasybulus [3], he organized the resistance against the oligarchs in Athens ( tetrakósioi [2]) and, through an oath, obliged the Athenian forces and the Samians to defend their democracy and continue the war (Thuc. 8,75,2). After being elected stratēgoí (Thuc…


(537 words)

Author(s): Harmon, Roger (Basle) | Fornaro, Sotera (Sassari) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Albiani, Maria Grazia (Bologna)
(Παγκράτης/ Pankrátēs). [German version] [1] Musician, archaic style Musician; according to Aristoxenus [1] an enthusiast of the archaic style ( trópos) of Pindar and Simonides (Plut. De Musica 1137f). Harmon, Roger (Basle) [German version] [2] Poet, 3rd-2nd cent. BC Hellenistic poet (3rd-2nd cent. BC), author of the didactic poem Θαλάσσια ἔργα ( Maritime works), of which three fragments, dealing with the pilotfish, the wrasse and the salp and their 'common' names, are preserved by Athenaeus (who always refers to him as Arkás). Identification with the homonymous author of a Bokchorē…
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