So many of the Ancient #GreekPottery treasures are scenes of ancient musical instruments. #Music was considered 'therapia". See and learn more on private #AthensTours by Archaeologous.com (photo by Claire Catacouzinos)
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The Oldest Song in the World ~ Cuniform tablets from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit, about 3400 bce in the Hurrian language (with borrowed Akkadian terms) had a form of musical notation. There is evidence that both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago. This flies in the face of most musicologists' views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks, 2000 years ago.
Detail - Blind harpist playing with "orchestra" for the tomb owner Patenemheb. Tomb of Patenemheb. XVIII Dynasty, 1570-1293 BC, New Kingdom. Relief, limestone, detail. Necropolis at Saqqara. Rijksmuseum, Leiden, The Netherlands. Source: H. Hickmann, Music History in Picture. Egypt. Vol. II. VEB German Publishing House, Leipzig, 1961.
Ancient Music Notation ~ Not as in "composition" but as in "how music is written down". The history of music notation is fascinating. The creation of an alphabet to write down language was much, much easier as we know because that was accomplished by about 1000 to 800 BC with the inclusion of signs for vowels. There was ancient music notation, but it was so imperfect we have little idea how ancient music actually sounded. A photo of the Second Hymn to Apollo, chiseled on a stone at Delphi.