CONF: The Musical Structure of Plato’s Dialogues

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July 5th 2012, 1-5pm

In collaboration with the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

Jay Kennedy’s new book *The Musical Structure of Plato’s Dialogues* has stirred much scholarly interest. The *Bryn Mawr Classical Review* recently described the work as ‘a ground-breaking study of Plato’s dialogues’ presenting ‘an entirely new way of thinking about Plato’.

The Classics Department at the University of Leeds, with the support of the Centre for the History of Science, Tecnhology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, is pleased to announce a one-day colloquium on July 5th 2012 to allow closer analysis of Dr Kennedy’s radically new and controversial approach.

Dr Kennedy (Manchester) will outline the evidence for the book’s main claims and summarize recent responses by classicists, philosophers, and historians of ancient music. Structured dialogue will investigate the method and its implications for interpreting the composition and structures of Plato’s texts and, more broadly, for classical philosophy, literature, and music. Leading interlocutors will be Dr Elizabeth Pender (Leeds), Professor Malcolm Heath (Leeds), and Professor Dominic Scott (Virginia). But most of the programme will consist of round-table discussion and enquiry built upon a progressive set of themes and questions. The Ancient Greek text will be the primary focus but translations will also be made available. Key dialogues will be *Euthyphro* and *Cleitophon*.

Through the Renaissance it was common to view Plato as a symbolic or allegorical writer. His ancient followers maintained that Plato, using symbols, concealed within his dialogues a Pythagorean philosophy. Dr Kennedy argues that a regular pattern of musical symbols in the *Symposium* and *Euthyphro* form a well-known, ancient scale. These and other symbols carry philosophical content that corroborates ancient views of Plato and promises to challenge much recent scholarship. Kennedy’s *Apeiron* (2010) article introducing his approach is available online at:

To reserve a place, or for further information, please contact: Dr Elizabeth Pender (e.e.pender AT Since selected study materials will be provided for participants, advance booking is essential.

Folks might also check out some Kennedy-related posts at rc via: Kennedy on Strauss on Plato

CFP: Beyond Vagnari

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Beyond Vagnari: new themes in the study of south Italy in the Roman period
International colloquium, The University of Edinburgh, 26-28 October 2012

The call for posters for the ‘Beyond Vagnari’ conference is now open. If you wish to offer a poster, please follow the instructions on the conference website:

CFP: The Sciences and Utopia

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The Institute of Classical Studies “Lucio Anneo Seneca” (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid) is organizing the 9th edition of its Annual Conference on Utopian Thought under the title “The Sciences and Utopia”. This meeting, to be held in Madrid next 15-16 November 2012, aims at gathering some of the most relevant specialists on these issues in order to discuss the last research trends and results in the fields of Classical Studies, Philosophy and History of Science.

Additionally some shorter papers (about 20 min.) shall be selected by the Scientific Committee.

Please send your proposal before September 30th (title, 300 words abstract and short CV) to Paula Olmos (polmos AT or Federica Pezzoli (fpezzoli AT

Registration fee for contributors, with certificate and publication will be 50,00€.

We beg you help spreading this call for papers among scholars interested on the subject.

ED: Vesuvian Archaeology Courses

I’ve seen this one in various places (this particular text is via the Classicists list):

New courses for university students: Discover the ancient Romans in the shadow of Vesuvius!

The Herculaneum Centre  is very pleased to announce the launch of a new series of university-level courses related to Vesuvian archaeology that will take place in September 2012 and March 2013, with learning mostly taking place at the sites themselves.

The Vesuvian Archaeology Study Programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of university students. The programme content is suitable for students of Roman history, archaeology, architecture, history of art and material culture. Students of heritage management and conservation will find the programme offers stimulating case studies that explore the role archaeological sites play in the modern world and the challenges of conserving them.

Participants will visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, lesser known sites such as Villa Sora, as well as exploring the Vesuvius National Park and the National Archaeology Museum in Naples. This rich programme will be led by Dr Joanne Berry, scholar and author of The Complete Pompeii (Thames and Hudson, 2007) and founder of Blogging Pompeii, with input from a range of other scholars and practitioners active in the field.

We bring together the best of our three partners: the Comune di Ercolano (the town council) offers us a network of local partners and resources, the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei (the local heritage authority) ties us to the archaeological site which is used as an open-air classroom, and the British School at Rome offers connections to international and research communities.

Details of the courses can be found at, and a leaflet and application form are available to be downloaded on the British School at Rome website

Please forward this information to your students!

FYI: Problems at the APA Site

Saw this on the Classics list:

Visitors to both and are likely to encounter a “Reported Attack Page” message. A group of hackers has exploited a hole in the security of the company that hosts our domain, and they have inserted some malicious code into the body of several sites on the same server. We are working with the hosting company to remove that code and apply updates to prevent other attacks.

The good news is that none of our members’ information has been compromised by today’s attack. The placement service site was not touched at all by it, since a different company hosts the subdomain and does not have the same security issue. Visitors to the placement service site might still see the “Reported Attack Page” message, but that is only because the entire domain has been flagged as suspicious. We hope to resolve this security issue soon.


Samuel J. Huskey
Information Architect
American Philological Association
Chair, Department of Classics and Letters
University of Oklahoma

UPDATE (the next day): According to another missive from Dr. Huskey, the problems have now been resolved.