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The Idea of Iambos$
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Andrea Rotstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286270.001.0001

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Musical Performance of Iamboi

Musical Performance of Iamboi

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The Idea of Iambos

Andrea Rotstein (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines ancient evidence for a connection of iambos and music. It suggests that a similar term (iambos) was used for rhythm, melody and poetry, and -iamb- appears in names of musical instruments and melodies. Although the conceptual link is not enough to prove that iambos was in practice a melic genre, it certainly presents the possibility that given the connection of iambos with several aspects of music such as rhythm, musical nomoi, and musical instruments, some iamboi at least, were occasionally sung or performed with musical accompaniment.

Keywords:   music, iambos, iambic poetry, Archilochus, Plato, nomoi

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