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Music and the Muses: The Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City

Penelope Murray and Peter Wilson


This book explores the role of mousike, the realm of the Muses, in Greek life. More wide-ranging in its implications than the English ‘music’, mousike lay at the heart of Greek culture, and was often indeed synonymous with culture. In its commonest form it represented for the Greeks a seamless complex of music, poetry, song, and dance, encompassing a vast array of performances — from small-scale entertainment in the private home to elaborate performances involving the entire community. Yet the history of the field has been hitherto narrowly conceived, and the broader cultural significance of m ... More

Keywords: music, Muses, mousike, culture, song, dance, performance, religion, paideia, polis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242399
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penelope Murray, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Warwick

Peter Wilson, editor
University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of New College, Oxford

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