The Oldest Song in the World ~ Cuniform tablets from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit, about 3400 bce in the Hurrian language (with borrowed Akkadian terms) had a form of musical notation. There is evidence that both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3,400 years ago. This flies in the face of most musicologists' views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent and the scale only about as old as the Ancient Greeks, 2000 years ago.
What Did Ancient Music Sound Like? Ancient works of art illustrate that music had a strong presence in daily life of classical Greece and Rome. Vase paintings and sculptures in the antiquities collection offer an eye-opening view of the variety of musical instruments that were played, as well as the contexts in which they were performed.
Harps, developed from the hunting bow and used since the Old Kingdom, were triangle or arc shaped. They usually had eight to twelve strings and both men and women played them sitting, standing or kneeling. They were generally made of wood and probably did not project very far. Harps were often decorated and could be expensive works of art