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This collection of eleven essays provides the reader with some valuable insights into the richness of sources dealing with music and musical performance scattered over 3000 years and covering a wide range of geographies, from Syria to Iberia, through Greece and Rome. The volume, then, offers a series of examinations of literary data and materials from different areas of the Classical World and the Near East in ancient times and in late Antiquity, examined both synchronically and diachronically, in some cases in dialogue with one another.
This broad treatment makes this collection of interest to historians, archaeologists, philologists and musicians, providing them with a multi-faceted volume which guides them towards a fuller understanding of ancient societies and which heightens the awareness of the importance of music as a transversal phenomenon.
Agnès Garcia-Ventura is “Juan de la Cierva” Postdoc fellow at the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies of the University of Barcelona, Spain. Her main areas of interest are gender studies, historiography of Ancient Near Eastern studies, ancient musical performance and the organisation of work in Mesopotamia.Claudia Tavolieri is a researcher in Late Antiquity at the University of Roma Tre, Italy. She is a founding member of the scientific group “Syriaca”. Her main scientific interests are Ancient History with particular reference to the Late Roman Empire, historiography, hagiography, Gender Studies in Late Christianity and Syriac Christianity. Lorenzo Verderame is Professor of Assyriology at “Sapienza” Università di Roma, Italy. His monographs include the edition of astrological texts and Sumerian administrative documents. He has recently published two volumes on the literature and the cultures of the ancient Mesopotamia (2016, 2017). His research focuses on Mesopotamian religion and Akkadian and Sumerian literature.
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