Secret Musical Message Found in Plato
Philosopher was closet supporter of Pythagoras
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2010 4:26 AM CDT
Updated Jul 7, 2010 4:50 AM CDT
Plato statue in Athens, Greece.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Plato embedded in his writings secret messages that would have earned him execution for heresy, says a scholar who claims to have found a hidden code in the original scroll form of the ancient Greek philosopher's writings. Exactly once every 12 lines Plato refers to music—a message, says scholar Jay Kennedy, that Plato was a closet follower of Pythagoras, who believed mathematics and music were the key to the order underlying the world.

In Plato's day, Pythagoreans were persecuted as a threat to traditional religion. "Simply put, they were threatening to overthrow the gods on Olympus, and put numbers and mathematics in their place," Kennedy told NPR. "Prior to Socrates being executed, a number of other philosophers were banished or fled because of threats." So far Kennedy thinks Plato's message was that music and mathematics were linked—a show of solidarity with Pythagoreans—but he suspects there may be more to find, even an entire hidden melody or score.

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thebabbster
Jul 7, 2010 7:21 AM CDT
Plato the Composer, Next up: the original score to Innagaddadavida is found embedded in a DiVinci painting!
ptolemny
Jul 7, 2010 5:29 AM CDT
Pythagoras was big on the number 10, not 12.
Jojo
Jul 7, 2010 5:18 AM CDT
And just like I've said before, THERE you have the origins of the Iluminati. It wasn't some scary devil-worshipping, overthrow the world bullsh*t that has been created. It was the most brilliant minds in the world that knew better than an invisible man in the sky (or mythical Greek figure) was responsible for life. Those kind of beliefs would have resulted in his death. Therefore, their secret society was created, similar men, similar ideas, - kind of like a modern day summit would be if a bunch of astophysicists were the only people invited.