Musical iconography of Greek antiquity

Course Information
TitleΜουσική εικονογραφία στην αρχαιότητα / Musical iconography of Greek antiquity
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013865

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 21
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses635
Music CompositionElective Courses635

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Learning how to approach musical iconography. Methodological tools to approach music and pictural works of art.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The music of Greek antiquity has been almost completely lost to us as sound and as listening experience. The rare music texts that have been preserved over the centuries can only barely enlighten us were the music itself and its performance is concerned. None the less, there is another source of information for the music in Ancient Greece, its depictions in art. In particular, the vase painting of the archaic and classical period offers valuable help not only for the study of the history of musical instrument, but mainly for the information that it offers concerning the role of music in worship, in education and in every aspect of everyday life of the antiquity. The iconographic material of musical scene is treated as a code that enables us to decipher the importance and function of music in the ancient Greek world. The lectures of this course are supported by the use of material of the Archive of Musical Iconography.
Music, Musical education, Musical praxis, ancient art
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities150.5
Written assigments361.2
Student Assessment
The grading of students who enroll in the course is possible either by a written or oral examination at the end of the semester or by the evaluation of a written paper (solitary), which has to be presented to the professor and students during the semester as part of the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) M.L. West, Αρχαία Ελληνική Μουσική, Αθήνα, 2010. 2) Μιχαηλίδης Σόλων, Εγκυκλοπαίδεια της αρχαίας ελληνικής μουσικής, Αθήνα, 2003.
Additional bibliography for study
Ανδρίκου Ε. / Γουλάκη-Βουτυρά Α. / Λαναρά Χ. / Παπαδοπούλου Ζ., Dons des Muses. Musique et danse dans la Grèce ancienne, Μουσών δώρα. Μουσικοί και χορευτικοί απόηχοι από την αρχαία Ελλάδα, Κατάλογος έκθεσης Musées Royaux d’ Art et d’ Histoire-Musée du Cinquantenaire (Bruxelles 26.02-25.05.2003), Αθήνα 2003 Beck F.A.G., Album of Greek Education: the Greeks at School and Play, Sydney 1975 Castaldo D., Il Pantheon musicale. Iconografia nell ceramica attica tra Vi e IV secolo, Ravenna 2000 Γιάννου Δ. / Γουλάκη-Βουτυρά Α. / Θέμελης Δ., Ελληνική και Ευρωπαϊκή μουσική. Εικονογραφημένη ιστορική εισαγωγή, Θεσσαλονίκη 1998 Goulaki-Voutira A., L’éducation musicale à Athènes à l’époque classique, Musique, Images et Instruments : Iconographie musicale : enjeux, méthodes et resultats 10 (2008): 10-17. Maas M. / McIntosh Snyder J., Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece, New Haven / London 1989(2) Μιχαηλίδης Σ., .Εγκυκλοπαίδεια της αρχαίας Ελληνικής μουσικής, Αθήνα 1989 Seebass T., The Power of Music in Greek Vase Painting: Reflections on the Visualisation of rythmos (Order) and epaoidē (Enchanting Song), Imago Musicae VIII (1991): 11-38
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