The Music of the Laws and the Laws of Music: Nomoi in Music and Legislation

TitleThe Music of the Laws and the Laws of Music: Nomoi in Music and Legislation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRocconi, E
Ancient AuthorsPlato Phil. (TLG 0059)
JournalGreek and Roman Musical Studies
Volume4
Issue1
Pagination71-89
Abstract

In the Laws, Plato constantly uses analogies and interchanges between musical and legislative terminology, establishing an etymological connection between special categories of musical compositions (the nomoi) and the inviolability of their regulations. This usage was widely echoed in later sources, providing musical and literary critics with a law-based terminology which enabled them to describe and interpret musical phenomen