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Dissonance: Auditory Aesthetics in Ancient Greece

Sean Alexander Gurd


In the four centuries leading up to the death of Euripides in 406 BCE, Greek singers, poets, and theorists delved deep into auditory experience. They charted its capacity to develop topologies distinct from those of the other senses; contemplated its use as a communicator of information; calculated its power to express and cause extreme emotion. They made sound too, artfully and self-consciously creating songs and poems that revelled in sonorousness. Dissonance is about these extraordinary experiments in auditory experience. In three chapters—on auditory figures, affect, and melody respectivel ... More

Keywords: acoustics, aesthetics, Ancient Greece, audition, auditory culture, music, noise, poetry, sound, tragedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823269655
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Alexander Gurd, author
University of Missouri, Columbia