Ancient Music. Glossary Terms. hymns aulos Kithara lyre monophonic Harmonia Ethos. Bone Flute.
-song to a god
The lyre was associated with Apollo, god of light, prophecy, learning, and the arts, especially music and poetry. Learning to play the lyre was a core element of education in Athens. Both men and women played the lyre,which was used to accompany dancing, singing, or recitation of epic poetry such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
-plucked instrument that usually had seven strings and was strummed with a pickLyre
The kithara was a large lyre used
especially for processions and
sacred ceremonies and in the
-consisting of a single unaccompanied
-one’s ethical character or way of behaving
-unification of parts in an orderly whole.
oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world.
The find has been dated variously from around 200 BC to around AD 100.
The Epitaph of Seikilos
While you live, Shine
have no grief at all;
life exists only for a short while,
and time demands its toll.
The earliest known music was in the form of a cuneiform tablet, created about 2000 B.C.E.
The so-called Ur tablet, sometimes referred to as the “oldest known song,” was actually a set of
instructions for performing that era’s music.