Category Archives: Pompeian tibiae

The Seikilos Song on the Pompeii aulos

Here is the best-known ancient melody, played, for the first time since antiquity, both on a reproduction of an ancient instrument and in the original pitch (a = c. 480 Hz, so to say). The finger span on the lower pipe (Pompeii Pipe 2) … Continue reading

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Some sounds from Pompeii

After a day in the workshop, adjusting the ring friction of the Pompeii 2+3 aulos so gloriously reproduced by Peter Holmes, Neil ‘Spike’ Melton and Martin Sims, here are some first experiments, using reeds by Callum Armstrong, scraped down to … Continue reading

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First working reproduction of a tibia from Pompeii

This tibia has been reproduced from one of several pairs of pipes buried at Pompeii in 79 AD. It was made by Peter Holmes with the help of Martin Sims and Neil ‘Spike’ Melton in a collaboration between the European … Continue reading

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