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13th Moisa Research Seminar on Ancient Greek and Roman Music - 02-03-04-05-06-07/07/2018, Riva del G

In 2018, we shall focus on Music and Rhetoric in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, looking especially at De Compositione verborum as well as shorter treatises on individual orators and the wider Aristotelian and Aristoxenian background of Dionysius’ works. We will mostly work on the Loeb editions of Dionysius literary essays (Critical Essays vol. 1–2), but additional passages from other works will be circulated on separate handouts at the seminar.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 02-03-04-05-06-07/07/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Area Congressi Loc. Parco Lido (Riva del Garda, Italy)


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The Arion Society is an independent, non-profit research organisation, so all contributions are important to keep the event running. However, we believe that nobody should be prevented from joining us because of financial constraints; so if the fee represents an obstacle, please get in touch with the organiser (Tosca Lynch, and we can discuss this confidential


The morning seminars (10am–1pm) will be led by Prof. Andrew Barker (University of Birmingham), Prof. Egert Pöhlmann (University of Erlangen), and Prof. Eleonora Rocconi (University of Pavia).

The afternoons are free for swimming, sight-seeing, sleeping or further discussion in informal contexts.

The evening lectures start at 6 pm, and aim at providing an overview of the most recent developments in the field of ancient Greek and Roman Music, 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:

02.07.2018 Kostantinos Melidis (University of Cyprus)

‘Muse ληκυθίζουσα: Callimachus, fr. 219 (ed. Pfeiffer)’

03.07.2018 Sean Gurd (University of Missouri)

‘Music, Hearing, Literature, and the Nature of Evidence’

04.07.2018 Stefan Hagel (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

‘The irrational interpretation of hexameter rhythm: how rational is it?’

05.07.2018 Spencer Klavan (University of Oxford)

‘Hearing the Logos: Speusippus, Diogenes of Babylon, and the epistēmonikē aisthēsis’

06.07.2018 Sylvain Perrot (University of Strasbourg)

‘The soundscape of late Euripides’ dramas and the reception of New Music’

Both morning sessions and evening lectures will take place in the local Conference Centre (, in a seminar room that overlooks Garda lake. In this inspiring space, all participants will sit around a large table – a setting that encourages the open exchange of ideas that is so typical of, and vital for, this Seminar.

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