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Music from Ancient Greece

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Elvis Mallorquí

on 8 October 2015

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Transcript of Music from Ancient Greece


Ὅσον ζῇς, φαίνου,
Hoson zês, phainou,
While you live, shine,

μηδὲν ὅλως σὺ λυποῦ·
mêden holôs su lupou;
have no grief at all;

πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν,
pros oligon esti to zên,
life exists only for a short while,

τὸ τέλος ὁ xρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ.
to telos ho chronos apaitei.
and time demands its toll.
Athens
Aegean Sea
Ephesus
Theater of Ephesus
Seikilos epitaph
Transcription of Seikilos epitaph
notes (melody)
lyrics (Greek)
Melody
Lyrics
Seikilos epitaph
It’s the oldest surviving example of a complete musical composition from anywhere in the world.
It was found engraved on a tombstone, near Aidin (Turkey), not far from Ephesus
It was made by Seikilos for his wife, who presumably was buried there.
It has been dated to the first century BC (Before Christ)
We know the lyrics of the song and also, thanks to the ancient Greek musical notation, the pitch and the length of the notes
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