The Seikilos Stele
The Seikilos Stele, Copenhagnen NM inv.14897. This grave stele preserves the oldest complete song that has survived to our times, and dates to around the 2nd century CE. Found in 1883 by Sir William Ramsay at Aydin (Tralleis), the grave...
The Seikilos Stele, Copenhagnen NM inv.14897. This grave stele preserves the oldest complete song that has survived to our times, and dates to around the 2nd century CE. Found in 1883 by Sir William Ramsay at Aydin (Tralleis), the...
Gem: Grasshopper Playing the Lyre.
Sard gem engraved with a grasshopper marching to the right, wearing a lion-skin and playing on a lyre. Length: 1 centimetres Height: 1.3 centimetres 1st-3rd centuries CE London, BM, 1814,0704.1447.
Wall-painting of an Amorous Scene
Wall-painting of an amorous scene. The woman is holding a kithara. 1st century CE Height: 58 centimetres Length: 80 centimetres London, BM, 1867,0508.1353.
Marble Sarcophagus with the Contest between the Muses and the Sirens
"The deities Athena, Zeus, and Hera, assembled at the far left, preside over a musical contest between the Muses and Sirens. The Muses, associated with the highest intellectual and artistic aspirations, are defeating the Sirens, creatures...
Euripides, Orestes, 338-44: Musical Fragment
This papyrus was written around 200 BCE in Hermopolis, Egypt, and contains seven fragmentary lines (338–344) from the first chorus of Euripides, Orestes. The fragment contains vocal and instrumental symbols written above the lines of the...
November Dressed as Isis
November dressed as a priestess of Isis holding a sistrum (rattle). From Carthage, modern-day Tunisia. Second half of the 4th century CE. (The British Museum, London)
Maenad, Red-Figure Cup
Greek red figure stemless cup from Apula, 330-320 BCE, depicting a dancing maenad - female follower of Dionysus - holding a bell and tambourine. (Archaeological Museum, Milan)
Egyptian arched harp. New Kingdom, about 1550-1070 BCE. Thebes, Egypt. Made with wood, bone and glazed composition. The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)
Egyptian Harp Player
Egyptian relief of a harp player. 19th Dynasty, about 1295-1186 BCE. Abydos, Egypt. From The British Museum, (photo taken at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)