Sing, Muse: Literary, Theoretical, and Historical Approaches to Music in Classical Antiquity

11th Annual Graduate Student Conference

The Graduate Center, CUNY

April 13, 2018


8:30-9:15 BREAKFAST

9:15 -10:45am  PANEL 1: Theoretical Approaches to Ancient Music

9:15-9:45 paper 1: The Doors of Perception: Sound and Hearing in Plato’s Aesthetics

                                     Sinem Derya Kılıç, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

9:45-10:15 paper 2: Musical Microcosms: Physiology and Theology in Gregory of Nyssa

                                     Zachary Domach, Columbia University

10:15-10:45 paper 3: De institutione musica by Boethius and the reception of musical theory of Greek and Roman Authors

                                     Michel Mendes, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

10:45-11:00  BREAK

11:00-12:40  PANEL 2: Literary Approaches to Ancient Music

11:00-11:30 paper 4: ‘I know the tunes of all birds’ (Alkman, fr. 40 PMG). The meaning of birds in Alkman’s poetry.

                                   Maria del Mar Rodriguez Alcocer, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

11:30-12:10 paper 5: Finding the Ode in the 'Ode to Man': accentual responsion as evidence for melodic structure in Soph. Ant. 332-375

                                     Anna Conser, Columbia University

12:10-12:40 paper 6: Fatal Anapests: The Music of Seneca's Phaedra

                                     Dereck Basinger, Washington University in St. Louis

12:40-1:30 pm LUNCH

1:30-3:00 PANEL 3: Historical Approaches to Ancient Music

1:30-2:00 paper 7: Sachmo in Macedon? Euripides’ Macedonian “Exile” Revisited

                                     Dennis R. Alley, Cornell University

2:00-2:30 paper 8: Recovering ancient Greek music in Hellenistic times: ‘Musical History’ between Peripatos and Alexandria.

                                     Ambra Tocco, Università di Genova

2:30-3:00 paper 9: et bene mihi erat eis: The Place of Music in Late Antique Life-Writing

                                     Isabella Grunberger-Kirsh, Brown University

3:00-3:15 BREAK

3:15-4:15 KEYNOTE: ‘Longinus’ on Music and the Sublime

                Timothy Power, Rutgers University

4:15-4:30 BREAK

4:30-5:30  Musical Performance and Q&A

             Old Songs (Liz Downing, Mark Jickling, Chris Mason)

5:30-6:30 Wine and Cheese Reception