Itinerary B

[4]The symposium: music, songs and dances

In memory of the glorious Greek polis, let’s immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the symposium, during which young “ethereal” women were invited to dance and play the aulos, a flute-like wind instrument.
Music played a very important role in the symposium.
In addition to the aulos there was often the lyre and, more rarely, the crotalum and small drums, as shown by numerous vase depictions.
Musicians were not the only ones who sang, but were accompanied by the guests themselves, who took turns performing.
Those who could not play, on the other hand, emphasised the rhythm of the singing by marking time with sprigs of laurel or myrtle.