Ancient Greek Cithara

Replicas of the ancient Cithara by IOANNIDIS Nikolaos

N. Ioannidis is a multi-instrumentalist performer (BA Music & Media Studies, MA Digital Media Studies, currently Doctoral candidate in Musicology-University of Sussex), who is researching ancient Greek music and its relationship with all musical cultures that have been subject to the classical Greek cultural influence.

Audio samples of his other instrumental performances with modern instruments are available online at 12-string Guitar Works (12 string classical guitar) and Mass insanity (electric and fretless electric guitar).


 These two replicas of the ancient Cithara have been used in the recording of two albums by IOANNIDIS:

"The Music of Ancient Greeks-Early Epic and Lyrical Poetry" An approach to the original singing of ancient Greek epic and lyrical poetry of the 8th-5th century B.C. with the use of ancient Greek and contemporary folk instruments (ancient kithara, folk woodwinds- zournas, ney, flogera- classical guitar, ethnic percussion)

"Music and Religion" Ancient and Medieval religious music from different cultures (extant ancient Greek religious songs, Byzantine chant, Gregorian chant, Quranic chant) 

Click the titles to listen to samples of these songs



These replicas have been designed by the composer himself as part of his research project dealing with the music of ancient Greeks, and its impact on the world musical culture

The design was based on pictures of the ancient Cithara  featuring in various Greek vases of the 6th and 5th century BC, as well as on descriptions of the instrument found in many ancient sources.


See also a replica of an ancient Lyra which was used in the same recordings

See also a replica of an ancient cithara by another researcher


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