The Debate on logos and diastēma in Porphyry’s Commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics

TitleThe Debate on logos and diastēma in Porphyry’s Commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsRaffa, M
Ancient AuthorsPanaitios the Younger (135 BCE-300 CE) (EANS), Claudius Aelianus Soph. (TLG 0545), Porphyrius Phil. (TLG 2034), Claudius Ptolemaeus Math. (TLG 0363), Plato Phil. (TLG 0059), Eratosthenes Philol. (TLG 0222)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies
Volume1
Issue1
Pagination243-252
Abstract

Introducing his commentary on Ptol. Harm. I.5, Porphyry discusses at length the vocabulary of musical intervals and in particular the question whether the words λόγος and διάστηµα should or not be used as synonyms. This paper aims, on the one hand, at analysing the way in which he chooses and arranges his sources; on the other hand, at restoring them to the original debate to which they belong—a debate in which a seminal role seems to have been played by Plato’s Timaeus and the contributions of its early commentators (Eratosthenes, Aelianus, Panaetius) in the framework of post-Aristoxenian harmonics. [http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/10.1163/22129758-12341245;jsessionid=410e6ovugpbcq.x-brill-live-01]

DOI10.1163/22129758-12341245

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