The work is an attempt to study the musical aesthetic thought of Ioane Petritsi, a Georgian philosopher and Neoplatonist of the Middle Ages. A different interpretation is offered to us by the author as a result of many years of scrutinizing Petritsi’s translations of The Elements of Theology by Proclus Lycaeus and On Human Nature by Nemesius of Emesa: scholars of Georgian philosophy and aesthetics saw a confirmation of a creative philosophical method in Petritsi’s interest towards music and nothing more. A musical approach, a determination of Ioane Petritsi’s place in the history of aesthetic musical thought however give his musings argumentative value. As a Platonist philosopher, Ioane Petritsi’s musical aesthetic view and original musical terminology affirm the supremely creative nature of Georgian musical arts during his time.
Papers read at academic conferences and international symposiums and published in academic journals, as well as articles published in collections of the International Center of Academic Works and Traditional Polyphony Research at Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire have been collated by the author in this book.
The work is intended for specialists and readers interested in old Georgian philosophy, culture, aesthetics, music history, and Georgian polyphony.