Cretan nomoi: Archilochus, fr. 232w without Heraclides Lembus

Andrea Rotstein*

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Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)384-393
Number of pages10
JournalClassical Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

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ΝΟΜΟΙ Rotstein Andrea Tel Aviv University [email protected] This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 169/11), as well as by the Kadar Family Award for Outstanding Research at Tel Aviv University. An EDEN (Erasmus Mundus Academic Network) scholarship made possible an inspiring research visit to the University of Bologna, Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies in the summer of 2015. I much benefited from discussion of an earlier version of this article at the 45th Conference of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies (Bar Ilan University, 1 June 2016). I am grateful to Federico Condello, Marco Ercoles, Margalit Finkelberg, Valentina Garulli, Dwora Gilula, Andras Karpati, Sarah Olsen, Douglas Olson, Laura Swift and Rachel Zelnik-Abramowitz for their useful suggestions. Special thanks go to Jonathan Schabbi for his vital assistance with many bibliographical quests as well as proofreading. Unattributed translations are mine. 18 01 2019 12 2018 68 2 384 393 Copyright © The Classical Association 2019  2019 The Classical Association Archil. fr. 232 West (= 50 Tarditi = 133 Bergk = 230 LB) reads as follows: νόμος δὲ Κρητικὸς διδάσκεται a Cretan law is taught (transl. Dilts) That the term νόμος should be interpreted here in a legal sense has never been contested, and justly so, since its attested meanings are ‘usage, custom, legal norm, statute, law’. However, from the fifth century b.c.e. on, νόμοι are also related to music, referring to ‘melodies’ in general or, as a more technical term, to established ‘musical patterns’. The notion of distribution, of an order socially accepted as valid, seems to underlie the use of νόμος in both the legal and the musical fields. pdf S0009838818000538a.pdf series 1 seriesText New Series

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