The aulos, an extinct musical instrument consisting of a cylindrical-bore pipe with finger holes and a double reed for a mouthpiece, was a very popular wind instrument during antiquity (c.1000 BC-AD 600). Through a comprehensive analysis of written, archaeological, and iconographic sources, this book presents a holistic view of this musical instrument, its past, and its consequential history. This study is further substantiated by ethnographic data from Sardinia and Egypt, where the launeddas and the arghul were explored respectively. A new understanding of the history of the aulos is presented through the establishment of parallels between past and contemporary music-related practices.
Juan Sebastian Correa Caceres Ph.D. is a Chilean-Maltese archaeologist and ethnomusicologist educated at the University of Malta. He began his career as a musician but turned to the study of music archaeology early on. Having written about music in prehistoric Malta, music in antiquity, and ethnomusicology, he is the author of interesting articles.