Writing in Graeco-Roman Egypt

Greek Musical Notation
1st - 2nd Century AD

P.Mich.inv 1205

This is an example of Greek musical notation. Each symbol represents a different musical note, and the dots above the symbols indicate the rhythm of the piece. For more information on this text, including a recording of an approximate rendition of the music, see Ancient Instrumental Music, by Prof. William A. Johnson of The University of Cincinnati. The Kelsey Museum also has an exhibit featuring this piece: Music in Roman Egypt.

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