Entertainment in the 600 B.C.

By: Lizeth Bernal

Back in the olden days they had theater as one of their entertainments. They did musical, orchestra, theatron, skene, and parodos. From the Greek word, lyra, meaning lyre, lyric poetry, refers to a short song accompanied by a musical instrument, almost always the lyre. Lyric monody names that form of lyric composedfor a single performer to either sing or read aloud for the pleasure of another or others (including divinities), on mostly secular occasions such as symposia or private invocations that might be erotically charged. Monody is particularly associated with Lesbos in 600 B.C.; a form which poets like Sappho and Alcaeus bring to exemplary heights (see also Anacreon, Praxilla, Hybrias, Corinna, Simonides of Ceos). Pythagoras is the Father of Music Theory. The link between numbers and music was observed by Pythagoras by analyzing the vibrations of strings of various lengths. According to legend he discovered the mathematical rationale of musical consonance from the weights of hammers used by smiths. He found that the interval of an octave is rooted in the ratio 2:1, that of the fifth in 3:2, that of the fourth in 4:3, and that of the whole tone in 9:8. The Pythagoreans applied these ratios to lengths of a string on an instrument called a canon, or monochord ( a board with two bridges between which a string is stretched and a third bridge that divides the string in two parts), and thereby were able to determine mathematically the intonation of an entire musical system. The theater is not good like it is now. And the music is horrible.