Ptolemy Harmonics: Translation and Commentary Jon Solomon

ISBN: 9789004115910

Published: November 12th 1999

Hardcover

192 pages


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Ptolemy Harmonics: Translation and Commentary  by  Jon Solomon

Ptolemy Harmonics: Translation and Commentary by Jon Solomon
November 12th 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: 9789004115910 | 3.45 Mb

Ptolemys comprehensive treatises on astronomy and geography were influential for nearly two millennia. Equally influential was his treatise on harmonics, the ancient science which combined and brought to completion the study of philosophy andMorePtolemys comprehensive treatises on astronomy and geography were influential for nearly two millennia. Equally influential was his treatise on harmonics, the ancient science which combined and brought to completion the study of philosophy and science.

This volume offers a comprehensive English translation and commentary of Ptolemys Harmonics, The treatise begins with Ptolemys study of pitches and intervals, for which he extracts both an idealized musical scale and a new acoustical tool. After discussing modulation, he expands his horizons by applying musical intervals to the human soul and celestial bodies, ultimately describing a cosmic harmony. The English translation faithfully reproduces Ptolemys style and includes all the charts surviving in the manuscript tradition. The commentary offers a full exegesis of the text, loci paralleli, and citations of modern scholarly sources.



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