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The Lyre Player: In the Footsteps of Apollo

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All you need to know to kick-start your lyre journey in a comprehensive compact guide.

What did it mean to be a lyre student back in the days of Classical Greece? What drove the great Socrates to become an aspiring lyricist like you at the last stages of his life? And why was Alexander the Great, the legendary conqueror, striving to become a great lyre player, also? It is time for you, as a modern lyre player, to connect with your ancient Greek peers by discovering why it was so important for every free human to be accustomed to the mysteries of the lyre.

In this concise and compact book, you will be initiated into Apollo’s secrets, and as another mystic, you will discover the lyre’s mythical origins, its connection with two gods and the art of healing, its key role in the educational system of Classical Greece, why every Greek philosopher and scientist knew how to play the lyre, and how she (the lyre) gradually transformed—in the hands of some of the greatest artists—into a symbol of music and culture. Through simple exercises, ancient and modern melodies, and a little bit of ancient Greek music theory, you will learn all you need to know about ancient modes and rhythms to kick-start your lyre journey.

This comprehensive guide is all you need to begin your journey today and is a great source for discovering more unique books dedicated to the godly instrument.

_Credits
Nikolaos Koumartzis, D.Phil. (editor-in-chief)
Fotis Giantsios, M.Litt. (research director)
Michael J. Griffin, D.Phil. (scholarly advisor)
Zdravko Blažeković, Ph.D. (foreword)
Armand D’Angour, Professor of Classics (foreword)
Michael Levy (chapter)
Lina Palera (chapter)
Thanasis Kleopas
(chapter)
Theodore Koumartzis 
(chapter)

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Paperback Premium Edition
Dimensions:
16 x 23 cm
Pages: 140
Color: 124 black & white and 14 full color pages plus a foldable poster with all the 98 notes you can get from a 7string lyre

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^ In Classical Greece, it was expected from all Greeks to know how to play the lyre, as it was expected even from the greatest of their heroes (there are recounts of Achilles being a great lyre player and Alexander the Great being instructed on the lyre). In James Barry's painting titled "The Education of Achilles," we see Achilles being guided by centaur Cheiron (oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art).
< In Classical Greece, it was expected from all Greeks to know how to play the lyre, as it was expected even from the greatest of their heroes (there are recounts of Achilles being a great lyre player and Alexander the Great being instructed on the lyre). In James Barry's painting titled "The Education of Achilles," we see Achilles being guided by centaur Cheiron (oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art).
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Welcome to a brand-new book series titled Lyre Mythos, a SEIKILO original. It is a multifaceted project, mindfully assembled by a team of skillful authors and scholars, all closely affiliated with the worldwide lyre community.

Our goal is to introduce the mythos of the lyre to a more general audience, exploring the celebrated past of this unique ancient musical instrument through history, arts, literature, and mythology.

Why was it so important to be linked to the lyre in the ancient world? Why, centuries later, were medieval warlords, usually completely uneducated in music, buried alongside this particular instrument? Why did the Old Testament put the lyre in King David’s hands? And why did Ludwig Van Beethoven, the great composer and pianist, want to be portrayed holding one in his 19th-century portrait?

These are some of the unexpected but utterly thrilling questions we will search for an answer to. The truth about to be revealed will lead us to new but equally exciting inquiries.

References

Koumartzis, N. (2024). Introduction: The Lyre's The Lyre's Transcendence in The Lyre as a Symbol artbook. Thessaloniki:SEIKILO Books.

Koumartzis, N. (2024). Introduction: In search of the Song of the Lyre in The Song of the Lyre anthology. Thessaloniki:SEIKILO Books.

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