This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this theory, so it’s a real question: Leiter has up a synopsis of a classicist who claims that Plato’s works can be broken down into musical notes. I think Michael Naas told me that he had talked to someone during his grad school days who had huge diagrams on this, working out how this all worked. After all that work, though, I’m lost on the point: it’s not new to claim that Plato was deeply influenced by the Pythagoreans. But…then what?
The presence and nature of the hidden codes suggest that Plato may have signed up to the same belief – and that 2,000 years before the birth of modern science, he was leaving a message in his writing that maths and logical patterns ruled the universe, not the gods.
Dr Kennedy argues that Plato did not use the code for pleasure, but for his own safety. Plato’s own teacher had been executed for heresy….
Dr Kennedy added. ‘This is the beginning of something big. It will take a generation to work out the implications. All 2,000 pages contain undetected symbols.’
That’s what been missing from my work thus far: hidden musical stylings…