This essay aims to reconstruct how the Ancient Greeks remember mousiké, the ways in which the relationship between mousiké and politics was idealized, and how it informed the lawmaking of the Archaic age. Following an analysis of various passages in Hesiod and Homer, the author reconstructs the traditions of the Archaic lawgivers, focusing on a description of the works of Terpander, a mousikos who was active in Sparta in the seventh century BC. Finally, the author looks at some autograph fragments of Solon. The paper concludes that from this memory comes a lesson on the ‘measure’ that is still valid today.

When the world was mousiké: on the origins of the relationship between law and music

MITTICA, MARIA PAOLA
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2015-01-01

Abstract

This essay aims to reconstruct how the Ancient Greeks remember mousiké, the ways in which the relationship between mousiké and politics was idealized, and how it informed the lawmaking of the Archaic age. Following an analysis of various passages in Hesiod and Homer, the author reconstructs the traditions of the Archaic lawgivers, focusing on a description of the works of Terpander, a mousikos who was active in Sparta in the seventh century BC. Finally, the author looks at some autograph fragments of Solon. The paper concludes that from this memory comes a lesson on the ‘measure’ that is still valid today.
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