By Andrew Barker

Porphyry's statement, the single surviving old remark on a technical textual content, isn't really in simple terms a learn of Ptolemy's Harmonics. It comprises almost free-standing philosophical essays on epistemology, metaphysics, medical method, facets of the Aristotelian different types and the family members among Aristotle's perspectives and Plato's, and a bunch of briefer reviews on different concerns of broad philosophical curiosity. For musicologists it really is extensively known as a treasury of quotations from prior treatises, a lot of them in a different way unknown; yet Porphyry's personal reflections on musical techniques (for example notes, durations and their relation to ratios, quantitative and qualitative conceptions of pitch, the continual and discontinuous sorts of vocal circulation, etc) and his snapshots of latest music-making were undeservedly ignored. This quantity offers the 1st English translation and a revised Greek textual content of the remark, with an advent and notes designed to aid readers in enticing with this crucial and complex work.

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