Music played a central role in many ancient cultures. It could be heard in all areas of life. The exhibition «About Harmony and Ecstasy» explores the diverse uses of music in Antiquity while also focusing on its inherent dichotomy. While Apollo, the patron of music and the arts, reflects the order of civilisation with the gentle sounds of his lyre, the loud whistles of flutes and the rhythms of tambourines played by the Dionysian demons are a product of the impulsive chaos of primordial nature.
Replicas of musical instruments and audio points give an insight into the ancient world of sound and allow visitors to actually experience ancient music acoustically.
Terracotta group with dancing satyr and maenad, from Centuripe (Sicily) (around 150 BC), Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig