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The Oldest Complete Song from Ancient Greece
Videoby Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Oldest Complete Song from Ancient Greece

The Seikilos Stele contains the the oldest complete song and dates to c.100 BCE. This video explores how the stele was found and how the song sounds; it is sung at 2:28 As long as you live, shine forth do not at all grieve, Life exists...
Reconstructing the Kithara of Ancient Greece
Videoby Michael Levy

Reconstructing the Kithara of Ancient Greece

A 'live' performance of my composition, "The Golden Age of Pericles" on the wonderfully recreated Kithara of the Golden Age of Classical Greece - hand-made in modern Greece by Lutherios: http://en.luthieros.com/ This piece is actually...
Egyptian Gods - The Complete List
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Egyptian Gods - The Complete List

The gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt were an integral part of the people's everyday lives. It is not surprising then that there were over 2,000 deities in the Egyptian pantheon. Some of these deities' names are well known: Isis, Osiris...
The Ancient Lyre and Kithara with Michael Levy
Videoby Kelly Macquire

The Ancient Lyre and Kithara with Michael Levy

Join World History Encyclopedia as they talk to Michael Levy, a prolific composer of the ancient lyre and kithara all about his inspiration and knowledge of the instrument. There are a few tortoiseshell lyres that survived, like the Elgin...
Apollo
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Apollo

Apollo was a major Greek god associated with the bow, music, and divination. The epitome of youth and beauty, source of life and healing, patron of the arts, and as bright and powerful as the sun itself, Apollo was, arguably, the most loved...
Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Daily life in ancient Mesopotamia cannot be described in the same way one would describe life in ancient Rome or Greece. Mesopotamia was never a single, unified civilization, not even under the Akkadian Empire of Sargon the Great (r. 2334-2279...
Red-figured Hydria - Dance Training Session
Imageby The Trustees of The British Museum

Red-figured Hydria - Dance Training Session

Red-figured hydria (water-jar) displaying a dance-training (gymnopaida) session. Two young girls practice dancing under the supervision of a female and a male tutor. The girls wear short tunics (chiton) and take identical steps towards each...
Odysseus and the Sirens (NAM, Athens, 1130)
Imageby James Lloyd

Odysseus and the Sirens (NAM, Athens, 1130)

NAM, Athens, 1130. Late 6th century BCE. This lekythos (perfume vessel) depicts the story of Odyssey, 12, where Odysseus is tied to his ship's mast in order to hear the music of the sirens, but to be restrained from straying into their danger...
The Seven Liberal Arts
Imageby Herrad von Landsberg

The Seven Liberal Arts

Education personified. Philosophy sits in the center surrounded by the Seven Liberal Arts: Rhetoric, Dialectic, Grammar, Mathematics, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy. Illustration from "Hortus deliciarum" by Herrad von Landsberg (c. 1180...
Statue Of Bes
Imageby Liana Miate

Statue Of Bes

Statue of Bes. Probably late 18th Dynasty, about 1300 BCE. Said to be from Akhmim, Egypt. From The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia) Several gods were associated with music, including Bes, the protector...
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