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CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
and the divine origin of the city. They were sung by choruses of boys. Similiar songs were sung during meals by the elders, with an accompani­ment of flutes; these latter songs being especially directed to the young men and inciting them to be worthy of the deeds of their ancestors.*
Under the rule of the Emperors, all these worthy compositions went to decay, and were replaced by a much more degrading school of music. At no time, however, was music considered a necessary part of the education of Roman youth.
There existed in the later days of ancient Rome, some music schools, but the study was far less universally pursued, than in Greece, at the same epoch. The musical course, has been given by Quintilian, as follows,—
Which makes a rather formidable array, even to modern eyes.
Among the Roman musical instruments, the flute was the most popular, and essentially national. We have already stated, that it was used in the
* Valerius Mazlmus, Book 2, x-






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