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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2007

GK 383 • Ancient Music

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33365 T
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
WAG 10

Course Description

Music played a vital role in Ancient Greece and Rome. New resources and perspectives now allow us to appreciate the ancients' music better than ever before. In this course we will first address the nature of ancient music (instruments, melody and rhythm, modes), then consider ancient attitudes towards music and its contribution to public and private life. During the last weeks of the semester each student will evaluate the musical element of one work of ancient drama or literature. The focus throughout will be on our ancient sources, both literary and archaeological. Students registered for CC 383 may read all sources in English translation. Students registered for GK 383 or LAT 383 will read portions of works in the original languages and will specialize in a work in the language for which they are registered. No knowledge of modern music or music theory is required. Grading will be based on class participation (including oral reports) and a final paper. Texts: Barker, Andrew. 1984. Greek Musical Writings. Vol I: The Musician and his Art. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0-521-38911-9 West, M.L.. 1992. Ancient Greek Music. Oxford: Clarendon. ISBN: 0-19-814975-1


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