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The Dance of the Muses: Choral Theory and Ancient Greek Poetics

A. P. David


This book develops an authentic and revolutionary musical analysis of ancient Greek poetry. It brings the interpretation of ancient verse into step with the sorts of analyses customarily enjoyed by works in all the more recent poetical and musical traditions. It departs from the abstract metrical analyses of the past in that it conceives the rhythmic and harmonic elements of poetry as integral to the whole expression, and decisive in the interpretation of its meaning. Such an analysis is now possible because of a new theory of the Greek tonic accent, set out in the third chapter, and its appli ... More

Keywords: ancient Greek poetry, metre, metrical analysis, rhythm, harmony, choreia, epic, lyric, Plato, Homer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199292400
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. P. David, author
Assistant Professor, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin