Plato’s Works Contain Secret Musical Messages

July 6th, 2010 - 7:45 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

plato July 6, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Jay Kennedy, a historian and philosopher of science in the University of Manchester, has found a secret musical code in the works of the legendary philosopher Plato. Jay discovered a regular pattern of symbols in his writings after conducting a five year long study.

Kennedy also noted the use of some key phrases, themes and words at regular gaps in the rigidly-spaced text (35 characters per line). He believes the discovery was partially due to luck. Kennedy pointed out that there was a passage after every 12 lines, which discussed music.

The philosopher says, “Plato’s readers were supposed to take notice of this regularity.”

In ancient times, the music in Greece was based on a 12-note scale, which was quite different from the modern Western music with eight notes. As per Kennedy’s speculation, the discussions of music were inserted intentionally to send a secret musical message.

Kennedy elaborated, “Plato did not disclose to the people that he was a Pythagorean. As per Pythagoras and his followers, the key to the universe were mathematics and music. They realized that the notes have simple ratios such as 1:2 or 3:4 when we hear beauty in music. The Pythagoreans worshipped mathematics as they believed that the beauty of music is a direct observation of the mathematical order underlying the world.”

There is more to the musical secret messages even though Kennedy says that the messages of Plato was one of solidarity as it shows the relationship between music and mathematics.

The actual secret of these musical messages can be disclosed only after further studies. Till then, we have to satisfy ourselves with this.

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