BBC Online 23 October: an outline of my project to reconstruct ancient Greek music.
Daily Mail Online (29 Oct)
I teach Classics at Jesus College, Oxford, specialising in the culture of ancient Greece — its language, poetry, music, society, history, and influence. During 2013-2015 I’ll be on research leave, reconstructing the sounds of ancient Greek music from surviving inscriptions, and filming musical practices (in Greece, Turkey and Sardinia) with roots in ancient traditions of music and performance (μουσική).
I don’t write a blog, but I compile a clog – i.e. a very intermittent blog: recent posts are listed on the left. Beneath them is my Twitter feed.
Ode for the London Olympics 2012
Mayor of London Boris Johnson gives an ebullient performance of my ancient Greek Ode for London 2012 when unveiling the bronze Plaque of the Ode in the Olympic Park (July 2012). The text is here and on the Plaque (left). I introduced Boris’s performance with a short speech about the Ode.
December 2013 Review of my book by Prof. Josiah Ober in latest Journal of Hellenic Studies: ‘engaging and significant’. Thanks Josh!
October 2013 Nice review of my book (‘a ‘rich and remarkable book’); my thanks to the editors of Common Knowledge and to the reviewer, Rachel Hadas. I am asked to translate into Latin a vigorously expressed motto on a rock band T-shirt.
August 2013 Blackwell’s Bookshop interview me about the Julio-Claudian dynasty, with questions about: 1) historical sources, 2) how stable was the empire?, 3) what about Claudius? 4) ’all roads lead to Rome’, and 5) can we compare the modern world?
July 2013 My article on Plato and Play in American Journal of Play, spurred by a misattribution to Plato by Sarah Palin of the idea that ‘you can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation’. That’s Palin, not Plato.
June 2013 Among those I taught Beginners’ Greek at UCL in 1995 was Chris Martin of Coldplay, who discusses with me how ancient Greek song and modern music compare.
Mar 2013 The British Academy awards me a Research Fellowship to investigate ancient Greek music.
Getting in the Flow
A talk on Innovation and ‘the classic’, with cello, for TED Oxbridge. Watch and listen here.
I’ve completed a book about creativity and innovation called Eureka and am looking forward to its publication by Princeton University Press. I’m active in Classics outreach to schools, including Hackney college BSix. I co-organised a second round of New Imago Forum, and a conference on the sounds of Latin in 2012 is shortly to be followed by one on the sounds of Greek in 2013. I’m organising and participating in conferences on Greek music, and writing articles on Greek aesthetics, commentaries, music and so on.
Broadcasts on Classical themes
After my Ancient Greek solutions to the debt crisis (6 June 2012), I broadcast the following:
7 Dec 2012: Greeks on the fiscal cliff, here from 47.50 mins.
23 Oct 2012: Inflation in ancient Rome: what should a lion cost?
7 June 2012: The wisdom of Socrates from 7.30 mins.