ancient Greek music we know what it looks like but Kirino how it sounded while there are plenty of images of ancient musicians be they painted on vases or sculpted in marble there are also quite a few fragments of ancient Greek music – these snippets of ancient music are preserved either written on papyrus or inscribed in stone whereas modern music is written with crotchets and quavers quarter notes and eighth notes ancient Greek music was written by placing a letter which corresponded to a certain pitch above an intended word or syllable by transcribing the ancient compositions into modern notation we can understand the ancient melodies much like translating a passage of Greek into English while many of the surviving examples of ancient Greek music are very fragmentary such as those which preserve the music – Euripides rest is thus a claw Stella is the earliest complete ancient composition and dates to the 2nd century CE II the seco las Stella was discovered around 200 years ago when a railway line was being built in Turkey between Samoa and Aden it was then that the cycle of Stella came into the possession of a mr. edward purser who is in charge of building the railway line he for some reason thought it would be a good idea to use the Stella as a stand for mrs. purses flowerpots the cycle of Stella then traded many hands and in 1966 the Department of Antiquities of the National Museum of Copenhagen acquired it and it is still there today the cycle of Stella includes two poems and a dedicatory inscription only the second poem is set to music the song is in the ionic scale and the pitch of the notes tends to follow the accents of the words while we can recreate pretty certainly the melody and rhythm of the song we don't know anything about the intended tempo or dynamics of it or really how the composer intended the music to be performed at all despite these uncertainties one can still get a very good idea of how the song might have sounded in its own day econ Haley foster Amy t30 Masekela Center my name is Savannah to say say Kalos you 10z as can be seen the end of the inscription causes some problems with regards to interpretation it could mean sake loss son of you turbos but it could also mean say close to you turpa maybe say colossus wife whether or not the earliest complete song could in fact be a love song is open to debate

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  1. to a Greek this sounds like c3po on Greek steroids. Brits..Now to translate this, it says: "Either I m still an image, or I ve become a stone. Seikilos placed me here inside immortal memory, an everlasting sign. Expose yourself while you re alive, do not completely leave yourself to grief, cause life is short, and time demands toll. This is beautiful. The Beatles were listening to this under the rocks back then.

  2. The narrator says that the song is written in the Ionian scale. It sounds like Mixolydian to me. One could argue that this is the Ionian in the key of D. However, to my ear, it sounds like the key of A. Any opinions on that? Anybody?

  3. Congratulations!!! Excellent job !!! But do it again please, using Greeks to sing it. The English pronunciation of the Greek language, destroys the sound and the harmony of the song.

  4. Great video, but as a Greek i have to say that the singer butchered it… You really needed to find a greek person with a native accent to sing it, in order to have it reconstructed properly…

  5. I read a lot of comments about the pronunciation. People keep in mind that we don't know how ancient Greek sounded like. Actually it's more likely they sounded like in this video, than what modern Greek sounds like.

    Sooooooooooo, give the singer a break, will you? 🙂

  6. It's obviously NOT a "love song", but a spiritual song — to "shine" as long as you "live", despite the shortness of life. The ancient Greeks were so advanced, not just in technology but in their spiritual ideas too. It all got horribly dumbed-down once the Roman Empire adopted the crass literalism of the "heresy-hunters" in 330 AD, and the resulting slide down into the Dark Ages got gradually quicker and quicker.

  7. The music sounded mediaeval which would suggest to me that it was highly speculative. How can we possibly know anything about how it sounded with those scant single letter notations. We can do that today because everyone agrees what they mean and that they stand for known cords. Is there a written description anywhere of exactly what the notations stood for? And even when today we have something like, C maj, Gmaj7, etc. this tell us absolutely notion about the melody between the cords. I would love it if we could find out what this music sounded like since it would give us incredible insight into their world view, so I remain open minded and more than willing to be convinced.

  8. I came across this many years ago and it was clearly stated that it was a poem from a man to his deceased wife. At the time there was no suggestion of doubt.

  9. Not the oldest melody, but possibly the oldest surviving set of lyrics with score.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBhB9gRnIHE

  10. Very interesting, but you gloss over a critical issue m “by transcribing….” HOW did you decide what the original intended notes and timing were ?

  11. MY EARS MAKE IT STOP. You west Europeans with your corruption of greek pronunciation having the gall to tell us Greeks who have been speaking the language for thousands of years that we are wrong and Greeks sounded like Latin with a stroke.

  12. Why… why is your pronunciation of greek so bad? 'zd' should be just 'z', 'ei' is 'ee', 'ai' is 'a' as in d*a*y. I mean… the fuck guys. Also you are putting emphasis on the wrong syllables… just pay a Greek guy 2 bucks to sing it…

  13. Siriously bad performance. The accent is terrible, especially the part where you can`t pronounce lettere like Χ correctly.

  14. Thank you for the link, but i cannot seem to open it. As I will never be an expert in ancient Greek, I just remain grateful to be able to hear this.

  15. Your expert in Greek music should learn at least how to read Greek… Ffs it is ridiculous… How can someone be called expert in something where he's got no idea even of the language??? I am then an expert in nuclear physics, since my knowledge in it is similar to his knowledge in Greek…

  16. They could have a Greek performer, though. No offense to the singer, he did a fine job. But that did not sound exactly like Greek is supposed to… (english people tend to read Greek more like Latin, whereas there are diphthogi like ai or ou that should not be read by letter but as one long "eh" and an "oo" respectively)
    It is awesomely beautiful though! Marvelous job!

  17. Expert is not the word. Your accent sounds more than terrible. You can ask a greek singer to perform.

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