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Mimesis (Gk. mimēsis: ‘imitation’, ‘representation’)locked

  • Thomas J. Mathiesen


A term found in Greek literature from the final years of the 5th century bce referring to an aesthetic ideal underlying music and art (see Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, 156; Frogs, 109). From the beginning it was used primarily in relation to art and dramatic poetry, but it came to be employed also in discussions of music and particularly of musical ...

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Journal of Musicology