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The Sirens’ Song

– The Sound of Ancient Music

In this short video, professor D’Angour gives a lively introduction to the subject covered in more detail by the article that follows. Video courtesy of professor D’Angour and producer Steve Crabtree.

What song did the Sirens sing? As a classicist and trained musician, the idea of knowing the sound of ancient Greek music long fascinated me, but when I looked into the scholarship as a student I found it technical and unrewarding. In 1983 I sat the exams for the All Souls Prize Fellowship, and at the viva in a room packed with Fellows, Isaiah Berlin asked me ‘Since you’re a musician, aren’t you interested in investigating ancient Greek music for a few years?’ I replied ‘The evidence is too slight for an extended investigation’. After a shocked silence, one of the Fellows coldly observed ‘All the more reason to do it, you might think’. Having failed to impress the Fellowship, I embarked on a career as a cellist. Continue reading The Sirens’ Song

66th Frankfurt International Book Fair

Greek stand by Beetroot at the 66th International Frankfurt Book Fair, 2014. HFC.
Greek stand by Beetroot at the 66th International Frankfurt Book Fair, 2014. HFC.

The HFC is representing Greece at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 9-12. This is a new endeavor for the HFC, since the recent merger of EKEVI and HFC, and the experience and dedication of the EKEVI staff has been invaluable. The stand is designed by Beetroot, and we present the following program under the headline Greece – Books and Ideas:

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