Group to construct replicas of ancient Greek musical instruments

Photo: Ancient guitar with square base.
Ancient Greek music is one of the lesser known chapters in the wide field of study of Hellenic civilisation.

Although much has been said and written about its major role in everyday life, there is still very much to be investigated in this area of the arts in Ancient Greece.

The absence of written remains of Ancient Greek music has, for centuries, created the impression that music was not a very advanced chapter of the arts in Ancient Greece, musician Panagiotis Stefos told ANA-MPA.

However, our knowledge on the role and position of music in Ancient Greece has been enriched by systematic research and from literary sources, which contain a plethora of direct and indirect references, Stefos added.

Stefos has set up a group, called Lyravlos, that has undertaken the task of reconstructing the Ancient Greek musical instruments. The purpose of this endeavor is to construct precise, working replicas of the instruments that will give true renditions of the ‘sheet music’ from the long past that have been discovered.

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