Pauline LeVen


EALL 507, CLSS 611, MUSI 507

Ancient Musical Thought from Homer to Confucius

Examines traditions of musical thought across ancient cultures with a particular focus on Greece (LeVen) and China (Hunter). How did ancient thinkers understand the place of music within society, the ideal state, and the cosmos? What role did musical training and connoisseurship play in education? What is the relationship between music and wisdom? And how do the answers to these questions inform comparative study? As the 2023–24 Archaia core seminar, this course is offered in conjunction with Archaia’s year-long Ancient Studies Workshop, through which students have the opportunity to learn from various experts in ancient musical thought.

Term: Spring 2024
Day/Time: F 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM