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Reconstructing Damon: Music, Wisdom Teaching, and Politics in Perikles' Athens

Robert W. Wallace


This book studies Damon, fifth-century Athens’ most important music theorist and the teacher and political counsellor of Perikles. Sometimes considered a sophist (a term challenged here), Damon first studied music’s psychological, behavioural, and political affects, profoundly influencing Plato and debates on music theory down through antiquity. No less significant, Damon worked alongside Perikles during the most vibrant decades of Athens’ democracy. He is credited with the idea of providing pay for the public courts, an important democratic development. According to Olympiodoros, ‘Damon taugh ... More

Keywords: Damon, Perikles, Greek music theory, Plato, sophists, music affect theory, harmonia, ostracism, ancient Greek education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Wallace, author
Professor of Classics, Northwestern University