Claudio Tolemeo, Armonica. Con il Commentario di Porfirio. Testo greco a fronte. Saggio introduttivo, traduzione, note e apparati di Massimo Raffa, Milano, Bompiani (Il Pensiero Occidentale). 2016, xcviii, 894 pp. Pr. 60.00 euros. isbn 9788845280917Ptolemy’s Harmonics is the most complete extant ancient treatise on musical theory. Written in the second century ce, the Harmonics appears to have been deeply influenced by the general cultural milieu and displays a strong methodological commitment to and a profound interest in defining the relation between sense perception and reason. Therefore, although musical theory would seem not to be among Porphyry’s main interests, it is less surprising than it might appear at first that the Harmonics attracted his attention. Porphyry’s Commentary, however, does not cover the whole of Ptolemy’s work, but breaks off at the end of Ptol. Harm. 2.7 and shows more interest in the methodological and philosophical passages than in the technical, musicological ones in Ptolemy’s work.Both Ptolemy’s Harmonics and Porphyry’s Commentary have enjoyed an enthusiastic revival of interest over the last decades. On the one hand, after Barker’s (1989, 270-391) annotated translation, Solomon (2000) and Raffa (2002) published new annotated translations, respectively in English and Italian, of Ptolemy’s Harmonics, while an
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