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Ancient Greek Panpipes
Image by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Greek Panpipes

A modern reproduction of the most common form of panpipes played by the ancient Greeks (Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon, Greece).
Ancient Greek Clapper
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Ancient Greek Clapper

A reconstruction of the clapper (Krotala), an ancient percussion instrument made from cane, shell, wood or metal. Usually held in each hand with thumbs and middle finger through the leather loops for stability, they were played much like...
Nehan koshiki
Image by James Blake Wiener

Nehan koshiki

The Nehan koshiki (Koshiki on the Buddha's Passing) is written in Chinese but was recited in Japanese. Koshiki were intended to be understood by the listeners. The development of this genre in the late-10th century CE in Japan represents...
Illuminated Sutra from Jingoji Temple
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Illuminated Sutra from Jingoji Temple

This illuminated sutra is from Jingoji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and it dates to 1179 CE, which corresponds to Japan's Heian period. It is made of gold and silver on indigo paper. (Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford...
Delos Silver Drachm
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Delos Silver Drachm

Silver drachm from Delos, Cyclades, late 6th century BCE. O: Lyre (R: incuse square).
Calymna Silver Stater
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Calymna Silver Stater

Silver stater from Calymna, Caria, 600-550 BCE. O: Male head in crested helmet. R: Lyre in incuse square.
Ancient Greek Sistrum
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Ancient Greek Sistrum

A modern reconstruction of the ancient Greek musical instrument, the sistrum (rattle). (Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon)
Terpsichore - the Muse of Dance
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Terpsichore - the Muse of Dance

A statue of Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of Dance. A 2nd century CE copy from a Greek original (The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg).
Documents of Ancient Greek Music: The Extant Melodies and Fragments
Book Review by Egert Pohlmann

Documents of Ancient Greek Music: The Extant Melodies and Fragments

In some ways, the title ‘Documents of Ancient Greek Music’ (DAGM) is slightly misleading, since some two-thirds of these documents are ‘Roman’. Pedantry aside, while many of these 61 documents are by date Roman, they...
Music & Dance in Ancient Egypt
Article by Joshua J. Mark

Music & Dance in Ancient Egypt

Music and dance were highly valued in ancient Egyptian culture, but they were more important than is generally thought: they were integral to creation and communion with the gods and, further, were the human response to the gift of life and...