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Ptolemais of Cyrene (c. 3rd century BCE)


c. 3rd century BCE
Cyrene, Libia






Ptolemais of Cyrene was a harmonic theorist, author of Pythagorean Principles of Music. Almost nothing is known about her life; her work is known only from references in Porphyry’s commentary on Ptolemy’s Harmonics. She is one of several women writers associated with Pythagoreanism.

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Publications by Ptolemais of Cyrene (c. 3rd century BCE)
Publications About Ptolemais of Cyrene (c. 3rd century BCE)
  • Andrew Barker, Greek Musical Writings, vol. 2, Harmonic and Acoustic Theory, Cambridge University Press, 1989, pp. 239–242.
  • Flora R. Levin, Greek Reflections on the Nature of Music, Cambridge University Press, 2009, Chapter 7: “Aisthēsis and Logos: A Single Continent.”
  • I.M. Plant (ed. and trans.), Women writers of ancient Greece and Rome: an anthology, University of Oklahoma Press, 2004, pp. 87–9.
  • Eleonora Rocconi, “Un manuale al femminile: L’Introduzione pitagorica alla musica di Tolemaide di Cirene,” in Ars/Techne, ed. Maria Silvana Celentano, Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso, 2003, pp. 99–114.