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Music and the Muses

The Culture of 'mousik-E' in the Classical Athenian City

Penelope Murray (Editor), Peter Wilson (Editor)


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What was the role of mousike in Greek life? Broader in its implications than the English "music," mousike, the realm of the Muses, lay at the heart of Greek culture. Yet, despite its centrality, its social and intellectual implications have rarely been investigated. In these new and specially commissioned essays leading experts analyze the political, religious, and ethical significance of musical performance in the classical Athenian city, and open up a new field of investigation in cultural history.

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780199242399, 456pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2004

About the Author

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.