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The Sound of the Ancient World

During Music Archaeology Summer School on September 7 and 8, Experts Will Give Introduction to Study of Ancient Music

№ 293/2014 from Aug 14, 2014

A summer school on September 7 and 8 in Berlin will focus on musical instruments from the Stone Age to ancient Rome. As part of a two-day workshop at Freie Universität Berlin, experienced researchers from Germany, Great Britain, and the United States will give an introduction to this rapidly growing field of research. In addition, replicas of the ancient instruments will be demonstrated, including how they sound when played. The summer school is being organized by the Berliner Antike-Kolleg in cooperation with the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) project, which is a transnational project in music archaeology funded by the European Union. It is intended primarily for students in classical studies and musicology but also for interested laypersons. The conference languages are English and German, and there is no charge. RSVP by August 31.

The speakers will include Dr. Graeme Lawson, a music archaeologist and archaeological acoustician at the University of Cambridge, and Adje Both, a researcher at the German Archaeological Institute and a member of EMAP. They will give introductions to the sources and methods of music archaeology. Researchers will demonstrate instruments such as the Greek lyre, Roman reed Instruments, and a replica of a Roman hydraulis (water organ). The participants will be able to gain insight into the variety of sounds of the ancient world.

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg was founded in 2011. It evolved out of the Topoi Cluster of Excellence, and like Topoi, it draws on support from all the institutions in Berlin that deal with the ancient world. The main partners are Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Archaeological Institute, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. The Berliner Antike-Kolleg consists of an international research center, a graduate school for training doctoral students in ancient studies, and a unit for digital resources. It also provides a research platform for classical and ancient studies in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Time and Place

  • Sunday, September 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Monday, September 8, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Topoi Building Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall, Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)

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Further Information

Dr. Henrike Simon, Berliner Antike-Kolleg, Tel.: +49 30 266 428 520, Email: