Welcome to the Music of Ancient Rome Collection!
Music was an integral part of life in the Roman world. Ritual sacrifices, dramatic performances, triumphal processions in celebration of military victories, funerals, dinner parties, gladiatorial combat, and animal games – these were common, expected outlets for musical expression. Unfortunately, ancient Roman music is not easily experienced by modern listeners. This collection gathers pieces of evidence for ancient Roman music, the contexts in which it occurred, and the instruments on which it was played, as well as recordings of modern attempts to recreate its sound. All work together to enrich our experience of the full spectrum of ancient Roman life. Some images and instruments from Greek culture are included, since the Romans and Greeks shared a common musical tradition.
The University Archives is thrilled to have this collection, only a small portion of which is represented here. Please contact the Archives Manager to schedule a visit to see the rest of the collection!