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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156852509X339897 Mnemosyne 62 (2009) 548-585 brill.nl/mnem Ptolemy on Sound: Harmonics 1.3 (6.14-9.15 Düring) Miguel Bobo de la Peña Conservatorio Profesional de Música, Luis Moya Blanco 261, 33203 Gijón, Spain miguelbd

In: Mnemosyne
Translation and Commentary
Author: Jon Solomon
Ptolemy's comprehensive treatises on astronomy and geography were influential for nearly two millennia. Equally influential was his treatise on harmonics, the ancient science which combined and brought to completion the study of philosophy and science. This volume offers a comprehensive English translation and commentary of Ptolemy's Harmonics.
The treatise begins with Ptolemy's study of pitches and intervals, for which he extracts both an idealized musical scale and a new acoustical tool. After discussing modulation, he expands his horizons by applying musical intervals to the human soul and celestial bodies, ultimately describing a cosmic harmony.
The English translation faithfully reproduces Ptolemy's style and includes all the charts surviving in the manuscript tradition. The commentary offers a full exegesis of the text, loci paralleli, and citations of modern scholarly sources.
Author: Andrew Barker

TT, UK andrewqbarker@hotmail.com Abstract Little is known about the harmonic theorist Archestratus (probably early 3rd century BC). Our only substantial information comes from Porphyry, who quotes a brief com- ment by a certain Didymus on his epistemological stance, and seeks to justify it through

In: Phronesis

“demonstrations which conform to the appearances” using arguments and principles specific to this epistēmē , that is, borrowed neither from physics nor mathematics. 3 Despite the rhetoric of Aristoxenus’ words, it is certainly true that he did more than any previous theorist to give harmonics the status of

In: Greek and Roman Musical Studies
Authors: Ross Alford and Jodi Rowley

Amphibia-Reptilia 28 (2007): 367-376 Techniques for tracking amphibians: The effects of tag attachment, and harmonic direction finding versus radio telemetry Jodi J.L. Rowley ∗ , Ross A. Alford Abstract. To gain information on the microhabitat use, home range and movement of a species, it is

In: Amphibia-Reptilia
Authors: T. Aubin and J.C. Bremond

PERCEPTION OF DISTRESS CALL HARMONIC STRUCTURE BY THE STARLING (STURNUS VULGARIS) by T. AUBIN and J. C. BREMOND1) (Laboratoire d'éthologie expérimentale, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, St. Lucien, F-28210, France) (With 1 Figure) (Acc. 20-XII-1991) Introduction Distress calls are

In: Behaviour
Author: Massimo Raffa

A treasury of quotations from ancient authors, many of which are otherwise unknown, Porphyry’s Commentary on Claudius Ptolemy’s Harmonics is far from new to being plundered by scholars aiming at unearthing a previously undetected fragment, redefining the boundaries of one citation, or

In: Greek and Roman Musical Studies
Author: Malcolm Brown

173 Pappus, Plato and the Harmonic Mean MALCOLM BROWN here is a well known construction by Pappus of the three means, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic, which produces all of them in the same semicircle.' But Pappus is only rehearsing the argument, not claiming credit for it; his intent is to

In: Phronesis
Author: Fabio Acerbi

-astronomy in which arithmetic is entirely reduced to arithmology (see below), geometry to a short list of (mainly solid) figures met here and there in Euclid’s Elements —supplemented with an allusion to a phenomenon (the halo) whose geometrical analysis we find in Aristotle’s Meteorology —whereas harmonic

In: A Companion to Byzantine Science
Author: Liba Taub

Barker, A., ed. and trans. (2015). Porphyry’s Commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics: A Greek Text and Annotated Translation . Cambridge: CUP . vii + 581 pp., ISBN 9781107003859. Readers of Greek and Roman Musical Studies are indebted to Andrew Barker for his many contributions to the study of

In: Greek and Roman Musical Studies