The Art of Ancient Music

The Art of Ancient Music

David Walter Leinweber


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From the very beginning, music has helped us create our world – everything from language, to technology, to philosophy and religion. The Art of Ancient Music discusses the important role music has played in shaping human development. While emphasizing shared human themes, the text has a special focus on the rise of Western music in the ancient Near East, the Bible, and the Classical worlds. A final chapter provides a discussion of the way music helped bridge the gap between the ancient world and the Middle Ages, especially in the guise of Church music.


David Walter Leinweber:

David Leinweber is associate professor of history at Oxford College of Emory University.