14th Moisa Research Seminar on Ancient Greek and Roman Music

The Moisa Research Seminar will take place from 2 to 6 July 2019 in Bressanone/Brixen (Italy) with the commitment of Padua University and of its Department of Cultural Heritage. Following the customary format, originated in Corfu in 2004 and after five years in Riva del Garda (Italy) under the auspices of the Arion Society, the programme will comprise morning sessions devoted to the study of the particular text as well as a series of evening lectures on other issues of interest.

In previous years, the texts and topics examined in the morning sessions have included the Pseudo-Plutarchan De Musica, Music in Comedy, Music and Women, Music in Plato’s Laws, Aristotle’s Politics, Athenaeus’ Deipnosophists, the Pseudo-Aristotelian Problems, Aristoxenus’ Elementa harmonica, Aristoxenian musical handbooks and Music and Rhetoric in Dionysius of Alicarnassus.

In 2019, we shall focus on Music in Pausanias’ Guide to Greece, looking especially the traces of ancient music in the ten books concerning the musical regions and oral tradition. It will be the first time that Pausanias’ text is analyzed from the musicological perspective.

We will mostly work on the Loeb edition, Pausanias, ed. by W. H. S. Jones, London-Cambridge (Mass.), 1954, but additional passages from other works will be circulated on separate handouts at the seminar. The English text can be found online at Perseus Digital Library (https://www.perseus.tufts.edu), or at: Theoi Greek Mythology (www.theoi.com/Text). An ongoing retranslation of Jones’ one by Gregory Nagy (2018) will be found at: https://chs.harvard.edu/CHS/article/display/6768

A very remarkable edition with the Greek text, Italian translation and commentary has been published in the series “Scrittori greci e latini”, Lorenzo Valla-Mondadori (1982-2017). Shortly a handout with the most relevant passages will be published on the web site of 2019 Moisa seminars.

The morning seminars (10am–1pm) will be led by Prof. Egert Pöhlmann (University of Erlangen), Prof. Donatella Restani (University of Bologna), Prof. Daniela Castaldo (University of Salento), Prof. Ian Rutherford (University of Reading), and Prof. Angelo Meriani (University of Salerno).

The afternoons are free for swimming in a wonderful indoor swimming pool & sauna, sight-seeing, sleeping or further discussion. The evening lectures, which normally start around 6 pm, provide an overview of the most recent developments in the thriving field of ancient Greek and Roman Music and his cultural heritage, as well as a chance to improve current projects thanks to the feedback and questions of the audience.

This year we will welcome the following speakers:

02.07.2019 Egert Pöhlmann (University of Erlangen)
The Hymn of Mesomedes on Antinous (inscription of Courion, Mitford no. 104) and its finding place, the sanctuary of Apollon Hylatas in Courion

03.07.2019 John Franklin (University of Vermont)
New Ancient Music for Euripides’ Helen

04.07.2019 Sylvain Perrot (University of Strasbourg)
The soundscape of an ancient Greek city: the case study of Delos

05.07.2019 Silvia Tessari (University of Padua)
Music in non-technical Byzantine literature: Cosmas Indicopleustes and Niketas Choniates

Sofia Di Mambro (University of Padua)
The music compendium attributed to Psellus: some remarks about the ancient harmonic theory in the School of Constantinople

Both the morning sessions and the afternoon meetings will take place in Padua University’s Casa della Gioventù, via Rio Bianco 12, near the historic city centre of Brixen (https://www.brixen.org/en/bressanone/city-centre.html), in a space where the open exchange of ideas that is so typical of, and vital for, this Seminar will be placed.
At this university campus there are classrooms, common space and a little bar in which it is possible to have breakfast and snack. The “Casa della Gioventù” has 48 beds (including 6 for disabled students) in double and single rooms (35 euro per person for night for a bed in double room with two single beds). For information to booking room, please contact the secretary: Indirizzo e-mail protetto dal bots spam , deve abilitare Javascript per vederlo

The fee for participation is 70 euros. All participants should register on the following Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-moisa-research-seminar-on-ancient-greek-and-roman-music-tickets-53193424966. 

For any other information, please get in touch with the scientific organiser, Prof. Paola Dessì ( Indirizzo e-mail protetto dal bots spam , deve abilitare Javascript per vederlo ), or to the secretary: Indirizzo e-mail protetto dal bots spam , deve abilitare Javascript per vederlo

Thanks to Municipality of Brixen for patronage, to Association “Friends of the University of Padova” in Brixen, to Brixen Tourismus Gen., and to Arion Society for their collaboration and support.