MONDAY, 11th

Univeristy of Athens – Hall of Ceremonies

19:00 Opening of conference

• Address and opening:

Professor Konstantinos Bouraselis

The Vice Rector of Academic Affairs & International Relations 

of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

• Greetings:

Professor Eleni Karamalengou

The Dean of the School of Philosophy

Professor Achilleas Chaldaiakis 

The Head of the Department of Music Studies

Professeur Axexandre Farnoux

The Director of  L’École Française d’Athènes

Professor Angelo Meriani

The President of MOISA

Assistant Professor Stelios Psaroudakēs

Dr Sylvain Perrot

Local organizers

• Keynote Speaker:

François-Bernard Mâche   Philology and Zoomusicology

• Performance:

Mesomēdēs (2nd c. AD) Hymn to the Sun

Athēnaios (218 BC) Paian and hyporchēma to Apollōn

The choir of the Department of Music Studies under the direction of Professor Nikolaos Maliaras

Stefan Hagel: solo aulos and kithara accompaniment

Stelios Psaroudakēs: solo voice and kithara accompaniment

École Française d’Athènes

20:30 Reception

• Buffet dinner in the gardens of the French School at Athens

• Performance: songs to the lyre

  Hymn to the Muse                             Mesomēdēs, cover by Aliki Markantonatou

  Spring’s angel                                   poetry by Sapphō, music by Aliki Markantonatou

  Damn the culprit!                              traditional of Lesbos

  Leda and the Swan                            improvisation for lyre & double bass

  My Sea...                                           Aegean traditional

  Amidst the waters of the Aegean      Aegean traditional

Aliki Markantonatou song, lyre

Zafiro Hatzifotiou song

Chrysostomos Boukalis double bass

Music inspired by the cool grove of the Muses, the sweet-voiced nightingale and the waters of the Aegean. The nightingale comes as a messenger of Spring in Sappho’s poetry, and as a   sign of unredeemed pain when love is lost, and “cries the heart and doen’t repose like the nightingale in the wild”, in the traditional song of Lesbos. But the birds symbolise the sailors, whose precious return depends on the Sea and her moods. The Aegeans, whose fate is tied to the salty water, feel the need to implore her, to cajole her, to adore her. So beautiful is she, that the angels adorn her with roses. The lyre, with her ethereal sound, longs for the warm, rhythmical embrace of the double bass, just as Leda cedes herself in the arms of the Swan, each in consonance with the other’s voice, or playfully improvising between them. 


Univeristy of Athens – ‘Ioannis Drakopoulos’ Amphitheatre

1st session (9:00-11:00) Animal cries: from sound to music / chair: Stelios Psaroudakēs

09:00 Polymeni, Rosa-Maria (University of Athens, Greece) & Pafilis, Panayiotis (University of Athens, Greece)

         The animal ‘sound identity’ from Aristotle to our days

09:30 Cross, Rodney (Macquarie University-Sydney, Australia)

          Vox naturae: music as human-animal communication in the context of ‘animal training’ in Ancient Greece and Rome

10:00 Valetta, Lucio Maria (University of Napoli )

          The concept of no/moj in Alkman fragment 140 Calame. From mimesis of nature to musical theory

10:30 Kavadia, Eleni (University of Athens, Greece)

          The notion of contrapuntal duet: from Aristole and Pliny to contemporary biosemiotic theory

11:00 coffee break

2nd session (11:30-13:30) Voices of mammals and sounds from seashells / chair: Angelo Meriani

11:30 Perrot, Sylvain (École Française d' Athènes, Greece)

          Timotheos’ Skylla and the barking of the dogs

12:00 Vespa, Marco (University of Siena, Italy & Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France)

          A voice without Muse: the sound of primates in the Graeco-Roman culture

12:30 De Poli, Mattia (University of Padua, Italy)

          A bull’s bellow sounding like a trumpet (Hēliodōros Aithiopika X.30.5)

13:00 Karali, Lilian & Dellios, Paschalis & Yamaguchi, Daisuke (University of Athens, Greece)

          Musical instrument out of seashell. A parallel study of the Triton seashell in Greece and Japan

13:30 lunch break

École Française d’Athènes

3rd session (17:30-19:30) Animal sounds in Aristophanes’ comedies  / chair: Stefan Hagel

17:30 Pöhlmann, Egert (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

          Animals on the Greek comic stage. The Song of the hoopoe in Aristophanes’ Birds 211-262

18:00 Mantzilas, Dimitrios (University of Thrace, Greece)

          Bird voices in Aristophanes’ The Birds

18:30 Sfyroeras, Pavlos (Middlebury College-Middlebury, Vermont-USA)

          Frogs and aulos from Pratinas to Aristophanes

19:00 Moore, Timothy (Washington University-St. Louis, Misouri-USA)

          Stinging auloi: Aristophanes’ Acharnians 860-869

19:30 end of Day I


Univeristy of Athens – ‘Ioannis Drakopoulos’ Amphitheatre

4th session (9:00-11:00) Birdsong and dance / chair: Eleonora Rocconi

09:00 Papadopoulou, Zozi (Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades-Athens, Greece)

          Τhe Delian geranos revisited: an interpretative approach of the choreia

09:30 Delavaux-Roux, Marie-Hélène (Universite de bretagne Occidentale-Brest, France)

          The voice of the frogs-swans in Aristophanes’ Frogs

10:00 Calero, Luis (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Madrid, Spain)

          The κύκνειον σμα: an approach to its musical aspects

10:30 Takakjy, Laura (University of Texas-Austin, Texas-USA)

          The aesthetic and didactic qualities of birdsong in Lucretius’ De rerum natura

11:00 coffee break

5th session (11:30-13:30) Insect voices and soundscape / chair: Donatella Restani

11:30 Georgaki, Anastasia (University of Athens, Greece)

          From Archaeotettingology to the ‘virtual’ cicada soundscapes: the effect of the cicada chorus

12:00 Leitmeir, Florian (University of Würzburg, Germany)

          Locusts, cicadas and crickets as Muses: different ways of visualizing insect music in Antiquity

12:30 Kilic, Sinem Derya (Humboldt University-Berlin, Germany)

          Of cicadas and men: the role of animal music in Plato’s Phaidros

13:00 Pitropou, Ekaterini (Athens, Greece)

          Λιγύφωνος ἀοιδοτάτη πετεηνῶν: animal voices in Theokritos’ Idyllia

13:30 lunch break

École Française d’Athènes

6th session (17:30-19:40) New instrument finds / chair: Sylvain Perrot

17:30 Lyres and aulos from two Classical Athenian graves

          Kokkoliou, Antonia “The archaeological context” (Ephorate of antiquities of Athens, Greece)

          Psaroudakēs, Stelios “Organology” (University of Athens, Greece)

18:15 The Megara aulos Δ1964Α, Β

           Avgerinou, Panagiota “The auloi of the Megara Museum and their archaeological context”

           (Ephorate of West Attica Piraeus and Islands, Greece)

           Theodōrou, Georgia “Restoration of the aulos” (Atchaeological Museum of Megara, Greece)

           Terzēs, Chrēstos “Organology and reconstruction of the aulos” (University of Athens, Greece)

           Hagel, Stefan “What did the Megara aulos play?” (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Austria)

19:40 end of Day II


Univeristy of Athens – ‘Ioannis Drakopoulos’ Amphitheatre

7th session (9:00-11:00) The music of monsters / chair: Anastasia Georgaki

09:00 Liveri, Angeliki (Athens, Greece)

          Music and songs of the Sirens from Archaic to Classical times. Representations and interpretations on vase paintings of metropolitan

         Greece and  the Greek colonies in South Italy and Sicily

09:30 Ulieriu-Rostás, Theodor E. (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales-Paris, France)

          For whom do satyr musicians stand? A fresh look at the semantics of Attic vase-painting (6th-4th c. BC)

10:00 Mystrioti, Georgia (University of Athens, Greece)

          Marsyas: the satyr pioneer of Greek music

10:30 Rodríguez-López, María-Isabel & Romero-Mayorga, Claudina (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain & 

          The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology-Reading, UK)

          Centaurs musicians in Classical iconography

11:00 coffee break

8th session (11:30-13:30) Music and animals from Antiquity to modern times / chair: Timothy Moore

11:30 Solomon, Jon (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Illinois-USA)

          Python: the mythical serpent in musical history

12:00 Günther, Jutta (Saarland University, Germany)

          On the meaning of birds in the writings of the early church fathers

12:30 Apostolopoulos, Thomas (University of Athens, Greece)

          Songbirds as source of inspiration for Byzantine kratēmata

13:00 Kordellou, Angeliki (Athens, Greece)

          From Iphigeneia in Tauris to contemporary Mediterranean: bird singing in Giorgos Koumendakis’ (b. 1959) compositions

13:30 Moisa General Assembly

14:00 lunch break


      Lloyd, James (University of Reading, UK)

      Swans and songs

The National Archaeological Museum

19:00 Concert

20:30 Refreshments

21:30 end of Day III

FRIDAY, 15th


09:30 Departure for Delphoi

12:00 Guided tour of the sanctuary and the museum

14:30 Lunch offered by the Mayor of Delphoi

18:00 Performance before the altar of the temple of Apollōn by the choir of the Department of Music Studies 

          under the direction of Professor Nikolaos Maliaras:

• Athēnaios (218 BC) Paian and hyporchēma to Apollōn

• Limēnios son of Thoinos (218 BC) Paian and prosodion to Apollōn

19:30 Return to Athens

21:30 End of conference


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