Music and Dance in Greece and Rome

TitleMusic and Dance in Greece and Rome
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRocconi, E
EditorDestrée, P, Murray, P
Book TitleA companion to ancient aesthetics
Series TitleBlackwell companions to the ancient world
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISBN9781444337648 (hbk); 9781119009795 (online)

In antiquity, the art of mousikē embraced the entire field of poetic performance to which the Muses gave their name, including music, poetry, and dance. Both vocal and instrumental music were conceived as mimetic arts, having a more or less (according to the genre) explicit narrative and representative content, highly developed in theatrical genres, where the dramatic flow was easily combined with the musical structure.

In Archaic and Classical Greece, music performances (regarded as the most effective means to arouse deep emotions in the audience) were mainly used to convey and reinforce the values shared by the community. The increasing emergence of soloists and professional performers, however, gradually transformed music exhibitions into spectacular entertainment. The aesthetics typical of Hellenistic show business thus found fertile ground in Rome, where it developed on a large scale. [;jsessionid=DC93EA4BDF552DC61445FF215DFCE6B4.f02t02]


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