Ancient Sounds of Greece
AIA Kress Lecture

Nikos Xanthoulis
Academy of Athens and Greek National Opera

Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:30 PM, UW Kane Hall 210

The subject of this lecture-concert will be ancient Greek music, dating from 800 B.C. to 400 A.D. The study of this sophisticated art leads us to the roots of western culture: music, melody, chord, tone, rhythm, and poetry are all words with Greek origins. Our knowledge of ancient Greek music has increased dramatically during the last hundred years, through the evidence of archaeology and art, the abundance of references to music in Greek literature from the 8th century onwards, books on ancient Greek music theory from the 4th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. that survive to the present day, nonliterary documents, musical scores, and many rediscovered papyri.

In addition to the above-mentioned materials, there is another crucial element that adds to our understanding: mythology. This lecture will also cover myths concerning music and musicians--and will include songs performed on reconstructed instruments, the ancient lyre and salpinx (ancient trumpet). The combination of lecture and performance will transport the audience to a world that was the cradle of western civilization.

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Please join us for a reception following the lecture in the Greenfield Room (Denny Hall 210)!

Dinner with Professor Xanthoulis will be held at Cedars Restaurant (4759 Brooklyn Ave. NE) at 5 PM on the evening of the lecture. If you would like to attend this dinner, please contact Trevor Peterson ( as soon as possible. Spaces at the dinner will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.