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Music and the MusesThe Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City$
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Penelope Murray and Peter Wilson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.001.0001

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Introduction: Mousikē, not Music

Introduction: Mousikē, not Music

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: Mousikē, not Music
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Music and the Muses
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Penelope Murray

Peter Wilson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242399.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the rationale of the volume, which is not about music in the modern sense, but about mousike, that union of song, dance, and word to which the Muses gave their name. This book departs from the hitherto standard practice of examining the various components of mousike in isolation and investigates the significance of mousike as a whole in the social, religious, and educational practices of the polis. Focusing mainly on classical Athens, the chapters show that mousike and culture were deeply intertwined in the lives of the ancient Greeks.

Keywords:   mousike, music, Muses, dance, culture, ancient Greeks, classical Athens

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