Jan Dierckx

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Location: Belgium, Turnhout
In My Own Words:
'Carpe diem noctemque', my very own words a few minutes after I was born. Two of my favorite books are 'The Music of Chance' by Paul Auster and 'The Fifth Child' by Doris Lessing. One of my favorite composers is Beethoven, in particular the Allegretto from symphony no 7. My hobbies are Antiquity and drinking Belgian beer. Cheers!



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Select Papyri III : -Literary Papyri Poetry (Loeb &hellip by D. L. (translated by) Page
This edition is not a book but a library. It shows us the almost uncountable amount of writers who published in Antiquity but who are unknown by most of the readers. As in all Loeb Editions the original Greek text is included alongside the translations. The notes on the text - both Greek and translations - are conveniently placed at the end of the page.

Of the papyri found in Egypt which have yielded fragments large and small of ancient literary authors, in this volume III is offered Greek poetry. From tragedy, 5th-4th centuries BC, are included fragments of 2 plays (one a satyr play) by Aeschylos , of 5 by Sophocles (two of them satyric including more than 300 lines of the… Read more
The Iliad (Wordsworth Classics) by Homer
You would think that The Iliad is about the war against Troy because Paris abducted Helen, wife of Menelaos - one of the greek commanders.
And yet Homerus begins his epos by asking the Muses to support him in - not in telling the Trojan war, as one might expect - but to tell about the quarrel between Agamemnon - the chief in command - and Achilles, one of the Greek commanders. The quarrel is about
a girl. Her name is Briseis, one of the slaves. Agamemnon took her away from Achilles.

In doing so, Homerus creates a parallel with Menelaos - one of the greek commanders- who lost his wife because Paris took her to Troy.
Instead of a war poem Homerus tells us the coming… Read more
Babylonian Biblical Chants ~ Yehezkel Hai El-Beg
Babylonian Biblical Chants ~ Yehezkel Hai El-Beg
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody ?, 24 Jun 2013
Early music, especially from Antiquity and Middle Ages has a reputation of being very boring and even nerve wrecking ( All those unfamiliar noises ). Those listeners are not entirely wrong, but now and then you stumble upon a recording of fine ancient music. Especially the Babylonian music (recently discovered) is interesting to listen to.

Archeological discoveries in Syria and Iraq over the last several decades have brought to light musical documents that have greatly increased our understanding of ancient music. Texts describing Babylonian musical notation have been uncovered at Ur and Ashur, and compositions, written in this system have been found at Ugarit and Nippur. These… Read more