A leading fifth-century Athenian intellectual, Damon first studied the emotional, behavioural, and hence social and political effects of music and poetic metre. He also described and named various harmoniai (‘scales’), rhythms, and poetic metres, and he was a teacher and wise counsellor to Athens’ leading politicians Perikles and Nikias, paying the price for these political entanglements by being ostracized from Athens. The future reception of his ideas was mixed, the êthos theory being rejected by Plato in his last dialogue Laws. In modern times, ideas about music’s psychological, behavioural, and political consequences are again discussed, but with no sense that Damon first investigated these subjects.
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