This book is the first ever complete translation of The Manual of Harmonics by the Pythagorean philosopher Nicomachus of Gerasa (second century A.D.) published with a comprehensive, chapterbychapter commentary. It is a concise and wellorganized introduction to the study of harmonics, the universal principles of relation embodied in the musical scale. Also included is a remarkable chapterbychapter commentary by the translator, Flora Levin, which makes this work easily accessible to the reader today. Dr. Levin explains the principles of Pythagorean harmony, provides extensive background information, and helps to situate Nicomachus’ thought in the history of ideas.
This important work constitutes a valuable resource for all students of ancient philosophy, Western cosmology, and the history of music.