The Salpinx in Greek Cult


  • Gullög Nordquist Uppsala University


Art, Musical instruments, Greece -- Antiquities, Cultus, Greek, Greek religion, Cities and towns, Ancient -- Greece


The salpinx is not often treated by scholars of ancient Greek music, because it was mainly a military instrument. The instrument was usually not used for musical purposes, only for giving signals. In Greece the salpinx is known from the 8th century onwards. The Greek salpinx was an aerophone, usually made of bronze, and consisted of an 80 to 120 cm long, straight, tube with cylindrical bore, and with a conical or more often bell-shaped final, kodon, which could be made of bone. The bone had to be fired in order to get the right acoustic qualities, according to Aristotle. Salpinx is usually translated as "trumpet", but the type of sound generator it may have had has been discussed.



How to Cite

Nordquist, G. (1996). The Salpinx in Greek Cult. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 16, 241–256.