Music in Religious Cults of the Ancient Near East (Routledge Research in Music)
Music in Religious Cults of the Ancient Near Eastpresents the first extended discussion of the relationship betweenmusic and cultic worship in ancient western Asia. The book coversancient Israel and Judah, the Levant, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Elam,and ancient Egypt, focusing on the period from approximately 3000BCE to around 586 BCE. This wide-ranging book brings togetherinsights from ancient archaeological, iconographic, written, andmusical sources, as well as from modern scholarship. Throughcareful analysis, comparison, and evaluation of those sources, theauthor builds a picture of a world where religious culture waspredominant and where music was intrinsic to common culticactivity.