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  1. Music in Ancient Rome Zoya Fan 5/14/12

  2. Information • not very highly valued until Greek influences • skilled musicians valued for public events • Emperor Nero • population illiterate- speech rather than writings were important

  3. The Instruments- (adopted) • syrinx and aulos- Greek • stringed- harps and lyres • panpipes • lute- Egypt

  4. Instruments Continued • kitharas- stringed • tympanum- tamborine • hydraulis- sets of metal pipes of different sizes, constant air pressure activated by keys

  5. Instruments Continued • buccina- horn trumpet • cymbalum- cymbals • cornu- horn • sistrum- percussion • testudo- Greek lyre

  6. Music in Roman Religion & Traditions • flute and lyres in processions and sacrifices • tibiae/ double pipes- sacrifices • funerals- laudatiofunebris, with instrumentation • hymns to Apollo- paeans • weddings- Fescennine verses

  7. Music in the Theatre • important part • pantomime • background • divide acts- odes

  8. Role in the Military • cornu, tuba- signals and commands during battle • marching • buccina, lituus- military related ceremonies • processions- triumphs

  9. Music as a Part in Festivals • Actia- music contests • Delia- choruses and dances • gladatorial games- opening parade

  10. Entertainment dinner parties only rich- private show of wealth

  11. Bibliography • http://www.aug.edu/~cshotwel/2001.Rome.htm • http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-life/roman-music.htm • http://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/spd130et/roman.htm • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_ancient_Rome • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Rome#Games_and_activities • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_(festival) • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo#Musical_contests • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actia • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_festivals • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_ancient_Rome • http://ablemedia.com/ctcweb/consortium/ancientweddings7.html