The Peripatos lives! The latest biennial conference of Project Theophrastus


What’s new with Rutgers Classics Professor Emeritus William W. Fortenbaugh—founder of Project Theophrastus and of Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities (RUSCH)?  He writes,

“From September 10-12 a well-attended conference on the philosopher and musical theorist Aristoxenus was held at DePauw University.  The organizer and host was Carl Huffmann.

“Thanks to his efforts, Project Theophrastus pulled off a first: there had never been a conference devoted entirely to Aristoxenus, but now there has been. The old boy must be pleased, and he will be even happier when the conference proceedings are published in RUSCH. Biography and musical theory will be well covered, and there will be a new and complete edition of the fragments together with an English translation and notes.”

The next biennial conference for Project Theophrastus is already scheduled for 24-27 July 2011. It will be held in Germany, at Trier, where it is being organized by Georg Wöhrle and Oliver Hellmann. The title of the conference is “Phaenias of Eresus and the Early Peripatos: Specialization and Differentiation in Research.”

Professor Fortenbaugh continues, “Papers focused on Phaenias will be most welcome, but presenters may also consider other members of the early Peripatos like Theophrastus and Aristoxenus. ‘Research’ suggests natural science, but presenters need not confine themselves to science narrowly construed. They may take an inclusive approach, so that other areas of research are covered.”

Persons interested in the conference should contact Oliver Hellmann: his email address is


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