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Chapter 5 - Music and Elite Dining in the Roman Age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2022

Charles H. Cosgrove
Affiliation:
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Illinois
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Chapter 5 looks at the music that elite men and women made at their banquets, including their singing and dancing, and the types of professional entertainments they provided as hosts of social affairs. Music of the concert stage and theater were sources of entertainment for upper-class banquets and included excerpts from plays, solo works by citharodes, various kinds of dance (including mime and pantomime), and occasionally even staged plays with music and all. Elites differed about which forms of entertainment were suitable for a dinner party and whether it was proper for an aristocrat to sing or dance at a dinner party. Where aristocrats of the classical era had performed music as a form of personal self-display, reflecting their educations, elites of the Roman era engaged in self-imaging through their choices in music and their talk about it.

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Music at Social Meals in Greek and Roman Antiquity
From the Archaic Period to the Age of Augustine
, pp. 172 - 222
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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