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Cleonides [Kleoneidēs]locked

  • Jon Solomon

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Greek music theorist. He was the author of a primer of ancient Greek music theory, the Introduction to Harmonics (Eisagōgē harmonikē). Cleonides’ name appears on only ten medieval manuscript versions of the Introduction. Many manuscripts attribute the work to Euclid or Pappus, but the Pythagorean approach of these authors is incompatible with the Aristoxenian music theory assumed by the writer of the treatise. A few manuscripts ascribe the work to a certain ‘Zosimus’ or avoid attribution entirely. Based on internal evidence, the writing of the treatise can be dated only to some time during the period between the 3rd century ...

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O. Strunk: Source Readings in Music History (New York, rev. 2/1998 by L. Treitler)