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Power, T. 2010. The Culture of Kitharôidia . Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press. xiv, 638 pp. Pr. $18.95 (pb). ISBN 9780674021389.

Power, T. 2010. The Culture of Kitharôidia . Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press. xiv, 638... The Culture of Kitharôidia , now available online for free at the link http://chs.harvard.edu/wa/pageR?tn=ArticleWrapper&bdc=12&mn=4400 , aims at restoring kitharôidia to the preeminent cultural place which it enjoyed in ancient times, from the archaic period well into the late imperial age, but which has often been overlooked in modern scholarship as a consequence of the almost complete loss of citharodic texts. Such an ambitious task, welcome inasmuch as it fills in a major void in Classical studies, is developed through a concise preface (xi-xiv) and four main exegetical parts, followed by plates (555-69), bibliography (571-615) and two indexes, locorum (617-25) and general (627-38), which—although not always as detailed as one would wish, 1 especially when faced with such a rich and long volume—still help the reader to navigate the book. Part I ( Princeps Citharoedus , 3-181) takes Nero’s (in)famous citharodic passion as the starting point to illustrate various aspects of kitharôidia , from its glamorous appeal to its professional demands, and from its technicalities to the wide-spread popular favor it enjoyed, which was usefully exploited in the service of political control, strategy and persuasion. Ranging as it does from ancient Greece to the late Roman empire, and considering http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Greek and Roman Musical Studies Brill

Power, T. 2010. The Culture of Kitharôidia . Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press. xiv, 638 pp. Pr. $18.95 (pb). ISBN 9780674021389.

Greek and Roman Musical Studies , Volume 1 (1): 253 – Jan 1, 2013

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The Culture of Kitharôidia , now available online for free at the link http://chs.harvard.edu/wa/pageR?tn=ArticleWrapper&bdc=12&mn=4400 , aims at restoring kitharôidia to the preeminent cultural place which it enjoyed in ancient times, from the archaic period well into the late imperial age, but which has often been overlooked in modern scholarship as a consequence of the almost complete loss of citharodic texts. Such an ambitious task, welcome inasmuch as it fills in a major void in Classical studies, is developed through a concise preface (xi-xiv) and four main exegetical parts, followed by plates (555-69), bibliography (571-615) and two indexes, locorum (617-25) and general (627-38), which—although not always as detailed as one would wish, 1 especially when faced with such a rich and long volume—still help the reader to navigate the book. Part I ( Princeps Citharoedus , 3-181) takes Nero’s (in)famous citharodic passion as the starting point to illustrate various aspects of kitharôidia , from its glamorous appeal to its professional demands, and from its technicalities to the wide-spread popular favor it enjoyed, which was usefully exploited in the service of political control, strategy and persuasion. Ranging as it does from ancient Greece to the late Roman empire, and considering

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