Greek cuneiform system
Ancient Greek sound notation was capable of representing pitch and note-duration, and to a limited extent, harmony. It was in use from at least the 6th century BC until approximately the 4th century AD; several complete compositions and fragments of compositions using this notation survive. Again, however, we have no idea what the music actually sounded like. The notation consists of symbols placed above text syllables.
Delphi in Greece, was an important and extremely well known centre of shamans/priests/priestesses. The Oracle at Delphi was the source of prophecy, healing, environental infuence and so on . She also ‘visited’ the gods to ask them questions – out of body . The Delphic Hymns, dated to the 2nd century BC, use the musical notation described above, but they are not completely preserved. A photograph is shown below – it bears much similarity with cuneiform and runes.
Photograph of the original stone at Delphi containing the second of the two hymns to Apollo. The music notation is the line of occasional symbols above the main, uninterrupted line of Greek lettering.
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