Musical Instruments and Sounds From Rome

The culture of ancient Rome often borrowed elements from other lands and music was no exception. Most of the instruments of ancient Rome were borrowed from the Greeks, and it can be assumed that the music of Rome probably sounded similar to that of Greece. While the Greeks gave a deep meaning to their music, the early Romans held no such sentiments. The first musicians were considered to be a lowly class, and music was enjoyed as theater - merely entertainment – not an art. This attitude changed gradually and music became an important part of society. It was used in social rituals such as weddings, religious ceremonies, and funerals. Trumpets were used to communicate on the battlefield and sounded out in military parades. Even regular citizens began to play musical instruments as music took its place in the Roman way of life.