Olympus the Musician in Ancient Greek Art: Mythology and Music History

Metamorphoses of Orpheus. Musical Images from Greek Mythology and Their Revivals in European Art. Corfu, Ionian Academy, 26-29 June 2008

4 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2013

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Ellen Van Keer

Centrum Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEA); Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (Royal Museums of Art and History)

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper considers the range of representations of Olympos the musician in Greek art. They reveal a striking duality. In the branch of Greek mythology, Olympos is a subsidiary figure primarily connected with the unsavoury character of Marsyas. But in the study of Greek music he is a highly reputed musical "inventor". Clearly, an integrated cultural historical perspective is adequate and produces a more complex understanding of local variations in Olympos' representations in Greek art.

Keywords: Marsyas, ancient Greek music, musical mythology, Greek mythology

Suggested Citation

Van Keer, Ellen, Olympus the Musician in Ancient Greek Art: Mythology and Music History (June 1, 2008). Metamorphoses of Orpheus. Musical Images from Greek Mythology and Their Revivals in European Art. Corfu, Ionian Academy, 26-29 June 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2239043

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