Aristoxenus Harm. II, 49.1-50.18 Da Rios: A Recantation

TitleAristoxenus Harm. II, 49.1-50.18 Da Rios: A Recantation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBarker, A
Ancient AuthorsAristoxenus Mus. (TLG 0088), Aristides Quintilianus Mus. (TLG 2054)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies

The article reconsiders questions about the identity of the notation to which Aristoxenus refers at Harm. II, 49.1 ff. In previous publications I had drawn attention to difficulties in identifying it as the familiar ‘Alypian’ notation, and here I try to answer the objections I had raised to that hypothesis. If my answers are adequate, the notation could indeed be the Alypian one, but I also consider the possibility that it might be another form of notation, known only from a passage of Aristides Quintilianus. The target of Aristoxenus’ comments could be either of these two notations; or perhaps he intended his remarks to apply to both of them equally. []


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