Dal sensibile all’intelleggibile. La musica nell’enciclopedia del sapere tra Antichità e Medioevo

TitleDal sensibile all’intelleggibile. La musica nell’enciclopedia del sapere tra Antichità e Medioevo
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsCristiani, M
EditorCristiani, M, Panti, Cecilia, Perillo, G
Book TitleHarmonia mundi: musica mondana e musica celeste fra antichità e medioevo: atti del convegno internazionale di studi: (Roma, 14-15 dicembre 2005)
Series TitleMicrologus' library 19
Pagination15-56
PublisherSISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
CityTavarnuzze
ISBN9788884502391
Abstract

This contribution focuses on the disciplinary status of music within the liberal Arts, as it was transmitted to the Middle Ages in Augustine's 'De ordine' and Martianus Capella's 'De nuptiis'. Ilsetraut Hadot explained in her volume on the liberal Arts in Antiquity that the system of the seven liberal Arts - which was elaborated in a cultural context in which Plotinian and Porphrian Plationism supplied the conceptual tools for understanding reality - was an introductory path to Philosophy, and not a didactic program which guaranteed elementary learning. The present contribution focuses on speculative disagreements that originated in the 4th and 5th centuries in the context of religious conflicts, and that concerned the different doctrinal perspectives of Augustine's Christian and Capella's pagan Platonism. Finally, the essay deals with Macrobius, who did not write a treatise on the liberal Arts, but supplied in his Commentary on 'Somnium Scipionis' a wide range of data which were to be extensively used in medieval teaching. This allows us to analyse his strong defence of pagan culture from a privileged point of view.

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