The Romans inherited all of their gods from the Greek; the only difference between them is they have different names. Right now we are unsure what the role of music in day to day life was. We do know that they had a lot of instruments but we don't have any written music from the time. Music during this time was not a performance art, but a learned practice.
Music did not accompany religion at this time, instead music was the religion. There were many different songs for each day, of each week in the year. Roman Musicians were required to know all of them and sing them many different times of the day. Because none of it was written down, they had little melodic formulas sung at the beginning, and in the end, so they knew where you are. They believed that if they did something for the gods, it should be beautified.
The church became very powerful in politics. At this time the Christians believed they had control over who goes to heaven. The regulation of practices makes it easier to control. Music is still watched and feared by the church. They feel they have to be careful.
Bellman, Joanthan. "August 27th, 2003 Lecture for History of Music." University of Northern Colorado, Studio B, Greeley: 27 Au. 2003
Bellman, Joanthan. "August 29th, 2003 Lecture for History of Music." University of Northern Colorado, Studio B, Greeley: 29 Au. 2003
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