This Wednesday at 17.15 we welcome Gianluca Foschi, current PhD student at Newcastle University for talking about Music and Liberal arts in Byzantium!
Musical conceptions in the early Byzantine Mediterranean were deeply rooted in philosophy and permeated with cosmological meanings. Music was indeed a mathematical science aimed to achieve the essence of the universe through the investigation of sound in connection to arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. The pluralistic discussions about music comprised, for instance, the interpretations of Plato’s Timaeus, the highlighting of the musical properties of geometrical shapes, and the investigation of harmonic proportions in the heavenly world. The study of music as a mean to achieve the ultimate truth involved the main poles of education in the Mediterranean and was emphasised by philosophers and Christian theologians.