Historian Cracks ’The Plato Code’ 歷史學家破解「柏拉圖密碼」

His works have been scrutinised and debated for more than 2,000 years by the greatest minds in history. But it turns out the Greek philosopher Plato still has a few surprises up his sleeve.
A British academic claims to have uncovered a series of secret messages hidden in Plato’s writings. The codes suggest that Plato was a secret follower of the philosopher Pythagoras and shared his belief that the secrets to the universe lie in numbers and maths.
Claims that an ancient text contains secret messages should normally be taken with a large pinch of salt. But the latest study comes from respected Classical scholar Dr. Jay Kennedy of Manchester University.
Kennedy spent five years studying Plato’s writing and found that in his best-known work the Republic he placed clusters of words related to music after each twelfth of the text. This regular pattern represented the twelve notes of a Greek musical scale. At the locations of the harmonic notes he described sounds associated with love or laughter, while the locations of dissonant notes were marked with screeching sounds or war or death.
The findings overthrow conventional wisdom on Plato. Modern historians have always denied that there were codes; now Dr Kennedy has proved otherwise.
have something up one’s sleeve:片語,有還沒派上用場的妙計。例句:He still has some tricks up his sleeve that might work.(他還有一些也許有用的妙計。)
take something with a pinch of salt:片語,對某事半信半疑。例句:You should take his words with a pinch of salt, for he is used to bluffing. (你應該對他說的話持保留態度,因為他習慣唬人。)
conventional wisdom:名詞,一般、傳統看法。例句:The candidate is challenging the conventional wisdom on politics. (這名候選人在挑戰對政治的傳統看法。)

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