"For two decades now Andrew Barker has brought to the study of Ancient Greek music and musicology a uniquely philosophical perspective, which he applies very effectively to this current project....There is not one uninteresting page." Classical World
"...an important contribution to a largely unexplored field." Religious Studies Review
"...dedicated students of the ancient musical science and scientific method will probably find it an important contribution to a largely unexplored field." Religious Studies Review
"Beautifully produced and a pleasure to hold." Classical Bulletin
This book examines, for the first time, the scientific procedures devised by Ptolemy (second century AD) for investigating the structures underlying musical melody, a project that he conceives as closely related to astronomy. Ptolemy's account of his methods is unusually explicit, and he pursues them faithfully. By providing an analysis of Ptolemy's sophisticated theoretical apparatus, his strategies for integrating theory with observation, and his meticulous instructions for the design and conduct of experimental tests, the book offers historians of science a new starting-point for wider studies of ancient scientific method.