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Ancient Greek Forminx
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Ancient Greek Forminx

A reconstruction of the forminx, a stringed instrument which was played to a singing accompaniment. (Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, Katakolon, Greece).
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)
Bronze Aulos Player Figurine
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Bronze Aulos Player Figurine

The man wears a long tunic and mantle. From his left shoulder hangs an instrument case. The straps for the instrument can also be seen, tied around the mouth and cheeks. From a Corinthian workshop, 500- 490 BC Delphi Museum
Scene from a Symposium
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Scene from a Symposium

Attic red-figure calyx krater. Depicted here is a symposium scene, the male guests are reclining whilst the female aulos-player serenades them. By the Uppsala Painter. 11559, National Archaeological Museum, Athens
Attic Lekanis
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Attic Lekanis

A red-figure Attic Lekanis, 400-300 BCE. (Provenance: Spina Necropolis). Lekanides were often used for serving food where the lid could be overturned and its handle became a foot. The woman depicted here holds a tympanon or drum.
Nikosthenic Amphora with Dancing Satyrs & Maenads
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Nikosthenic Amphora with Dancing Satyrs & Maenads

Nikosthenic amphora, c. 550-525 BCE, signed (under the handle) by Nikosthenes, attr. to Painter N., Thiasos Group, Attic, from Caere, Etruria, The Cleveland Museum of Art, no. 1974.10 A group of Dionysiac dancers, seven satyrs alternating...
Terpsichore
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Terpsichore

A Roman sculpture of Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, playing a lyre, 1st century CE. (Vatican Museums, Rome).
Apollo and Marsyas
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Apollo and Marsyas

National Archaeological Museum, Athens, 215. 330-20 BCE. This relief slab is one of four that made up the revetment of a pedestal (only three survive), and was found at Mantineia, Arcadia. The pedestal either acted as a base for a statue...
Apollo, detail from NAM, Athens, 215.
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Apollo, detail from NAM, Athens, 215.

Detail of Apollo from NAM, Athens, 215. He is seated on a tree stump, wearing chlamys and chiton, and sandals. In his left hand he rests his seven string lyre (the stings would have been painted; the number of tuning pegs gives their frequency...
Assyrian wall relief depicting musical instruments
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Assyrian wall relief depicting musical instruments

This alabaster bas relief depicts marching shield bearers accompanied by a group of musicians who carry different musical instruments. The male musicians are carrying rectangular drums with a string; this instrument can still be found in...