Aristides Quintilianus on music

Music is a science of melos and of those things contingent to melos.  Some define it as follows:  "the theoretical and practical art of perfect and instrumental melos"; and others thus:  "an art of the seemly in sounds and motions."  But we define it more fully and in accordance with our thesis:  "knowledge of the seemly in bodies and motions."-Aristides Quintilianus, On Music (1.4), ca. 300 C.E.

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