n Akroterion - Whistling in antiquity

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Extracted from text ... WHISTLING IN ANTIQUITY A V van Stekelenburg (University of Stellenbosch) Plocamus, one of the guests at Trimalchio's dinner-party, when encouraged by his host to give proof of his histrionic and musical talents, is only too keen to oblige: oppositaque ad os manu nescio quid taetrum exsibilavit quod postea Graecum esse affirmabat ("and he put his hand to his mouth and whistled out some terrible stuff I couldn't identify. Afterwards he told us it was a Greek air"; transl. Lindsay 1960). If we were to pose ourselves the question whether antiquity knew the phenomenon of people whistling tunes, this episode from Petronius' Satyricon (64.5) seems to provide us with an affirmative ..

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