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“The Linus song,” seems to have been persistenly popular in ancient times around the Mediterranean Sea. Herodotus, famed Greek historian of the fifth century B.C., claims to have heard it in many different countries on his travels

“The Linus song,” seems to have been persistenly popular in ancient times around the Mediterranean Sea. Herodotus, famed Greek historian of the fifth century B.C., claims to have heard it in many different countries on his travels

Records how the author set out on his first forays to India, China and Africa with the great Greek historian constantly in his pocket. The author sees Louis Armstrong in Khartoum, visits Dar-es-Salaam, arrives in Algiers in time for a coup when nothing seems to happen (but he sees the Mediterranean for the first time).

Records how the author set out on his first forays to India, China and Africa with the great Greek historian constantly in his pocket. The author sees Louis Armstrong in Khartoum, visits Dar-es-Salaam, arrives in Algiers in time for a coup when nothing seems to happen (but he sees the Mediterranean for the first time).

The most sacred musical instrument of the ancient Hebrews was a plucked psaltery with 10 strings which dates back to Biblical times.

The most sacred musical instrument of the ancient Hebrews was a plucked psaltery with 10 strings which dates back to Biblical times.

The earliest codex preserving ancient Greek music theory (January 14, 1040). from historyofinformation.com

The earliest codex preserving ancient Greek music theory (January 14, 1040). from historyofinformation.com

The Qin (Zither)  The qin is the classical instrument of China. Its origin is obscure. The present form, with seven unfretted strings, probably emerged only in the late Han period (1st century A.D.), although, according to legend, it is supposed to have been played in the time of Confucius (6th century B.C.) or even earlier.

The Qin (Zither) The qin is the classical instrument of China. Its origin is obscure. The present form, with seven unfretted strings, probably emerged only in the late Han period (1st century A.D.), although, according to legend, it is supposed to have been played in the time of Confucius (6th century B.C.) or even earlier.

Kamanche-is a Persian bowed string instrument that is widely used in the classical music of the eastern Islamic world following its appearance in the tenth century.

Kamanche-is a Persian bowed string instrument that is widely used in the classical music of the eastern Islamic world following its appearance in the tenth century.

Ch'in (Zither) 5th century B.C., Warring States period. China. | The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Ch'in (Zither) 5th century B.C., Warring States period. China. | The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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