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• "Boethii De institutione musica libri quinque: auctor, opus, interpres" [English Version] •

• Illo Humphrey, Ph. D. | HDR •

• Mediævalist | Musicologist | Proto-Philologist •

• Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense : 2004 | 2014 •


« Boethii De institutione musica libri quinque: auctor, opus, interpres »

in Carmina Philosophiae (© International Bpethius Society) ISSN#1075-4407

 Volume 14, 2005, p. 167-176

Review ~ Essay on:

Boèce. Traité de la Musique.

Introduction, traduction et notes,

Christian Meyer,

• Turnhout (Brepols), 2004, ISBN 2-503-51741-2, 1 – 352 pages •

• Large trade paperback | Format: 210 mm x 140 mm | 500 grams •


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 • Abstract •

• The very timely publication of this scholarly work of Christian Meyer fills in a long-standing gap in the realm of mediaeval proto-philology in general, and in that of scientific-philosophical research on the teachings of the Platonist Boethius in particular. Indeed, this publication makes accessible for the first time in the French language one of the major treatises of the Pythagorean and Platonic Tradition of Knowledge, namely: Boethii De institutione musica libri quinque [On the Fundamentals and canonical Teachings of the Philosophy and Science of Music in five Books]. The Boethii De instiutione musica was written in the early stages of his career, probably between the years a. D. 500 and a. D. 510 • 

• The Boethii De institutione musica libri quinque, a major scientific-philosophical work of late Antiquity, is in fact an integrated tri-disciplinary treatise, uniting into one the philosophy of the cognitive process (ἡ γνώμη: cognitio) including the faculty of perception by the five senses (ἡ αἰσθητήριον: sensuum perceptio), the philosophy of numbers and proportions (ἡ ἀριθμητικ τέχνη: ars arithmetica), and the philosophy of the formation of musical sounds (ὁ φθόγγος), musical intervals, and musical consonances ( μουσικ τέχνη: ars musica) •

• In publishing this work, Christian Meyer provides us with an excellent French translation of this very complex treatise, and puts at the disposal of the international research community a useful tool, which will allow in particular the new generation of French-speaking philosophical scientists, epistemologists, musicologists and proto-philologists to meditate upon the traditional teachings of Boethius and to absorb them at their on pace; it will also allow them, in a second phase, to eventually reintroduce these teachings back into the school curricula as of the elementary level, just as was the case in the Carolingian and post-Carolingian schools from the 9th century to the 16th century, curricula whose original blue-print was drawn up of course by the great Alcuinus Euboricensis (Alcuin of York, *ca.730 – †804), the Minister of Education and General Culture under the Reign of Charlamagne (*ca. 747 - 814) •

• IH | ih • scripsi et subscripsi  Explicit

• Key Words 

• Christian Meyer | Anicius Manlius [Torquatus] Seuerinus Boethius : uir inlustersenator, consul ordinariuspatriciusmagister officiorum (*Rome, ca. 480 - Pavia, ca. 524) | De institutione musica libri quinque [On the Fundamentals and canonical Teachings of the Philosophy and Science of Music in five Books]| De institutione arithmetica libri duo [On the Fundamentals and canonical Teachings of the Philosophy and Science of Numbers and Proportions in two Books] | Νικόμαχος ὁ Γερασηνός (ca. a. D. 125),  Μουσικ εἰσαγωγή | Κλαύδιος  Πτολεμαῖος (ca. a. D. 168),  τὰ  ρμονικά,  Aˊ: aˊ-Aˊ: iϚˊ | “emmelis” (Gr. ἐμμελής, -ής, -ές)  |  Quintus Aurelius Memmius Symmachus (ca. 525) | Consular diptych (487) : Flavius Narius Manlius Boethius (or Flavius Nonius Arius Manlius Boethius), The Father of Boethius | Musicology | Proto-Philology (Glosses | Notae tironianae: tironian notes | Notae sentenciarum : cross-reference signs) | Prosopography | Hagiography | Codicology |Neustria | Corbie | Fleury-sur-Loire | Auxerre | Reichenau Island (Augia insula) | phthongos |Regime of the Octave (continua proportio superparticularis) | IH | ih | Explicit • 

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