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Ptolemy Harmonics: Translation and Commentary
     

Ptolemy Harmonics: Translation and Commentary

by Jon Solomon
 

Ptolemy's comprehensive treatises on astronomy and geography were influential for nearly two millennia. Equally influential was his treatise on harmonics, the ancient science which combined and brought to completion the study of philosophy and science. This volume offers a comprehensive English translation and commentary of Ptolemy's Harmonics.
The treatise

Overview

Ptolemy's comprehensive treatises on astronomy and geography were influential for nearly two millennia. Equally influential was his treatise on harmonics, the ancient science which combined and brought to completion the study of philosophy and science. This volume offers a comprehensive English translation and commentary of Ptolemy's Harmonics.
The treatise begins with Ptolemy's study of pitches and intervals, for which he extracts both an idealized musical scale and a new acoustical tool. After discussing modulation, he expands his horizons by applying musical intervals to the human soul and celestial bodies, ultimately describing a cosmic harmony.
The English translation faithfully reproduces Ptolemy's style and includes all the charts surviving in the manuscript tradition. The commentary offers a full exegesis of the text, loci paralleli, and citations of modern scholarly sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004115910
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/12/1999
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #203
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Jon Solomon, Ph.D. (1980) in Classics, University of North Carolina, is Professor of Classics at the University of Arizona. He has published extensively on ancient Greek music and its influence in the Renaissance and modern eras.

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