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You can listen here to the original song "Invocation", which is the opening of Scene 1 of Iliad The Musical. Lyrics You can also follow along with the libretto for lyrics and context. Context The show begins with the invocation of the muse. The

You can listen here to the original song "Hector" from Scene 22 of Iliad The Musical. Lyrics You can also follow along with the libretto for lyrics and context. Context This is Hector's last song before he dies. His mother and father beg him

You can listen here to the original song "Never Forget" from Scene 2 of Iliad The Musical. Lyrics You can also follow along with the libretto for lyrics and context. Context This is the big opening number (about 8 minutes into the show), during

You can listen here to the original song "Charge Of God" from Scene 24 of Iliad The Musical. Lyrics You can also follow along with the lyrics in the libretto. Context Iliad The Musical ends here, in Scene 24, when the Trojan king Priam

The judgement of Paris led to the Trojan War. It also led to some of the finest works of art ever created. The story of the Trojan War begins at the wedding of Achilles's parents, Thetis and Peleus. All the gods are

This 15-minute video gives an awesome overview of who Hermes is, including his identities as Pan and Mercury. Among other roles, in Book 24 of Iliad Hermes guides King Priam across the Achaean border to Achilles's hut. This leads to the

The aulos is a double-reeded pipe, like an oboe (though it's sometimes played with a single reed, like a clarinet) made out of bamboo and bone. This 1st century AD mosaic from the "House of the Tragic Poet" in Pompeii

2,000 years ago Seikilos wrote a song for Euterpe, and carved it into her tombstone. Today it's the oldest surviving complete song in the world. Here's an English translation of the song's lyrics: While you live, shine.Have no grief at all.Life exists

This 1st century AD fresco from Pompeii shows a singer/actor with his theatrical mask on the top of his head, and a lyre player playing a 9-string lyre. Homer's Iliad is traditionally performed by two such people. Indeed, at the time,

The hydraulis is a hand-powered organ. Just like a pipe organ in a modern church, the hydraulis makes sound by blowing air through pipes, and is played by pressing keys on a keyboard. This 2-minute video demonstrates what a Roman

This shows the first and second verses of the First Delphic Hymn to Apollo, carved in marble for the Athenian Pythaides festival in 128 BC in Delphi. The composer's name is Athenaios Athenaiou (Athenaios, son of Athenaios). The melody is written

In 1184 BC, the 30-foot-high walls of Troy were set on fire, putting an end to the Trojan War. The ashes, the arrowheads, and the fallen soldiers still exist to the present day -- preserved underneath a later city built on

The Ancient Greek kithara gives us the word "guitar". This 5-minute video shows Professor Stefan Hagel explaining some basics of Ancient Greek music, followed by a nice performance demonstrating what the kithara sounds like in the diatonic genus.

People often overlook John Ogilby's English translation of Homer's Iliad. The frontispiece of this 1660 edition was engraved by Wenceslas Hollar. It was published just after George Chapman's famous translation, which he wrote in long-lined non-rhyming verse, in installments starting in

This sculpture of Athena was carved out of marble in the 1st century AD/BC in Rome. It was a copy of an earlier Greek sculpture from the 4th century BC. Of all Athena's iconography, her helmet might be the most widely

This 16-minute video is an interesting attempt to recreate authentic Ancient Greek music. They cover some fundamental instruments like the kithara and the aulos. They play a jazzy version of Homer. It finishes with a really cool semi-authentic performance of the

In his life, Aeschylus wrote many musicals, won many awards, and broke many records. He pioneered many innovations that are now standard in modern theater. This 15th century illustration shows his death in 456 BC. Legend has it he died from

This fresco from the Bronze Age palace of Nestor (who fought in the Trojan war) in Ancient Greece shows a lyre player performing a song. The song is represented by a bird. Homer's noble characters often speak with "winged words".