The scholar who would work with ancient Greek music theory, concludes the writer, must be sure he has carefully surveyed every available source in establishing the text to be studied; he cannot rely on most of the published editions and must therefore also function as a text critic.
Both the things at least needed for the production of fully critical texts for ancient Greek music theory are now at hand:
s Catalogue raisonné
of all the Greek codices containing the ancient theoretical writings for RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) is recently completed and in 1982 the University of Nebraska Press inaugurated a new
Greek and Latin Music Theory”
, dedicated to the publication of critical texts and translation of monuments of music theory written originally in Greek and Latin. The series it is hoped will publish completely new texts and translations for all the ancient Greek music theorists, as well as a portion of the Byzantine theorists.