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The Gerald F. Else Lecture in the Humanities

The Gender of Ancient Greek Music - Mark Griffith University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4:00-5:30 PM
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This lecture will first survey the contexts for and styles of female music-making in classical Greece, and then go on to explore some key literary texts and images that reveal the Greek habit of imagining music as being originally and/or intrinsically feminine. This exploration will include discussion of such figures as the Muses, the Sirens, numerous mythical female victims of loss and/or male aggression who are transformed into lamenting song-birds, and two accounts of the invention of musical instruments (the lyre, and the aulos-pipes). The lecture will conclude with a consideration of some "queer" elements in Greek musical culture.
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Graduate School
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