Porphyrius. Commentarius in Claudii Ptolemaei Harmonica

TitlePorphyrius. Commentarius in Claudii Ptolemaei Harmonica
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
EditorRaffa, M
Ancient AuthorsPorphyrius Phil. (TLG 2034), Claudius Ptolemaeus Math. (TLG 0363)
Series TitleBibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana
Number of Pagesxlv + 324pp.
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISBN9783110425161 (hbk); 9783110419672 (ebook)

Porphyry’s Commentary on Ptolemy’s “Harmonics” is a unique document of Neoplatonic thought on music. Not only does it contain a thorough discussion of the perception and appreciation of pitched sounds, but it also gives us a hint of how the technicalities of music theory might have been taught to non specialised readers with a philosophical background; moreover, it is a treasure of quotations from lost authors and works.

The apparatus of this new edition includes all the emendations and conjectures that have been proposed by many scholars since Ingemar Düring’s 1932 edition and tak