Crossing Borders: Musical Change & Exchange through Time

Publications of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology, Vol. 2

The Music of the Conquered: Iconographies and Archaeological Findings from the Time of Alexander the Great

Daniela Castaldo

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the musical cultures of the peoples conquered by Alexander the Great in the light of iconographic and archaeological data. There are written sources documenting sound events during Alexander’s life and travels, but no specific archaeological findings. The only music-archaeological data we have relates to the musical cultures of the peoples conquered by Alexander and his successors. These sources are testimony the impact of Hellenistic culture and its spread in Central Asia by the Macedonian conquerors up to late Antiquity.

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