Porphyry's Commentary on Ptolemy's Harmonics: a Greek text and annotated translation

TitlePorphyry's Commentary on Ptolemy's Harmonics: a Greek text and annotated translation
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
EditorBarker, A
TranslatorBarker, A
Ancient AuthorsPorphyrius Phil. (TLG 2034), Claudius Ptolemaeus Math. (TLG 0363)
Number of Pages587 pp.
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge
ISBN9781107003859
Abstract

Porphyry's Commentary, the only surviving ancient commentary on a technical text, is not merely a study of Ptolemy's Harmonics. It includes virtually free-standing philosophical essays on epistemology, metaphysics, scientific methodology, aspects of the Aristotelian categories and the relations between Aristotle's views and Plato's, and a host of briefer comments on other matters of wide philosophical interest. For musicologists it is widely recognised as a treasury of quotations from earlier treatises, many of them otherwise unknown; but Porphyry's own reflections on musical concepts (for instance notes, intervals and their relation to ratios, quantitative and qualitative conceptions of pitch, the continuous and discontinuous forms of vocal movement, and so on) and his snapshots of contemporary music-making have been undeservedly neglected. This volume presents the first English translation and a revised Greek text of the Commentary, with an Introduction and notes designed to assist readers in engaging with this important and intricate work. [http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/classical-studies/ancient-philosophy/porphyrys-commentary-ptolemys-harmonics-greek-text-and-annotated-translation?format=HB]

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