BSR Online Lecture | Lyric and lyre of ancient Greece and Rome: a musical performance

MONDAY 10 MAY, 18.00–19.30 CET

Bettina Joy de Guzman

This event will take place via Zoom and requires advance registration. Please click here to reserve your place.

Using reconstructed instruments (the ancient lyre, ancient harp, and frame drum), Bettina Joy de Guzman will perform Ancient Greek hymns, epic, and lyrics spanning from 700 BCE to 2nd CE, as well as Ancient Roman poetry. Following the performance, she will discuss the various sources (original manuscripts, pottery, wall paintings, and preserved ancient instruments), for re-imagining or reconstructing ancient music, and display some replica and traditional instruments from her vast collection. 

Bettina Joy de Guzman is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and Classicist who composes music inspired by research of ancient cultures, especially Ancient Greek music and poetry. She has been invited to lecture, sing authentic ancient poetry, and play historical instruments in various universities and museums, internationally. As Regent’s Fellow in University of California in Irvine, she taught Ancient Greek and Roman history as well as mythology. A book she edited, Ancient Greek Lyre: Learning Method, by Nikos Xanthoulis (Artistic Consultant of National Greek Opera), was shortlisted for Good Life category of Greek Public Book Awards in June 2019. As President of California Classical Association South, she organizes panels twice a year. She is co-creator and host of Cosmote TV, History Channel, “Ancient Greek Culture, Now!” which aired January 2021 in Greece. She is a 2021 Associate and Grant recipient, and Visiting Artist, for The Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University. Her music recordings and video performances have been shown in Classics courses as part of lecture enrichment and supplementary material.

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