Musical Instruments as Votive Gifts in the Ancient World

Bellia, Angela and Bundrick, Sheramy D. (2018) Musical Instruments as Votive Gifts in the Ancient World. TELESTES. Studi e Ricerche di Archeologia musicale nel Mediterraneo, IV . Fabrizio Serra, Pisa-Roma. ISBN 978-88-8147-513-1

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This volume started life as the proceedings of the first colloquium of the Archaeomusicology Interest Group (AMIG) within the 119th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) held in Boston, Massachusetts, January 4-7, 2018. Contributors to the colloquium were asked to systematically address how each instrument is not an isolated unit, but a component of musical performance in cult considered as an offering to the divinity within the framework of the ritual ceremony. The aim of the conference and its proceedings was not only to enhance our knowledge of instruments as votive gifts by exploring and discussing the many different motives and often more than one explanation for the dedication of musical instruments to the gods, but also to study musical performances in ancient cultures as an essential component of worship and ritual. The practice of dedicating instruments to the gods in the ancient world – along with figurines of instruments, soundtools, and texts of song – is well attested by a variety of sources, temple-accounts, and the discovery of the instruments themselves during excavations, which often bear votive inscriptions. Worshippers or musicians tried to give a more lasting effect to the musical performance by dedicating instruments in honour of a god or a goddess in the framework of the ritual ceremony. The editors would like to thank the authors for their contributions, for deeply engaging with the critical issues at the core of this volume, and, not least, for their patience in the revising and publishing stages of the volume. We are also very grateful to the anonymous readers for their perceptive comments on the various essays. Finally, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Clemente Marconi, discussant of the colloquium, for his valuable suggestions. In addition, we would like to thank Fabrizio Serra, the publisher of this volume. Publication was made possible by the project TELESTES, Music, Cults and Rites of a Greek City in the West, funded by the Marie Curie Actions Programme of the European Commission International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: 300 Scienze sociali > 306 Cultura e istituzioni (Include i ruoli, le funzioni e i modelli antropologici e sociali) (Classificare qui la cultura di massa, l'Antropologia culturale e sociale)
700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative
700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 780 Musica
900 Storia, Geografia e discipline ausiliarie > 930 Storia dei mondo antico fino al 499 ca. > 938 Archeologia – Grecia
Depositing User: Dr. Angela Bellia
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 10:52
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 10:53

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