Von der Hochzeit der Gegensätze
This book makes a new attempt to shed light on the continuing darkness which has since antiquity surrounded the passage in Plato’s Republic known as the “marriage number” (545c-547a). The author has come to his conclusions after decades of studying Greek theories of proportion and of music as well as the mathematical science of the Quadrivium. The book shows how deeply Plato is immersed in the currents of early Greek – Orphic-Pythagorean-pre-Socratic – thought and attempts to recover this once again in suggestive and coded form, especially in the “marriage number”.
Wolfgang Sonntagbauer, born in 1949, studied Classics and Sport at the University of Salzburg from 1968-1973 and taught for 37 years at the Bundesrealgymnasium in Salzburg. In 1995 he gained his doctorate in Classical Archaeology with a thesis on the Kanon of Polykleitos. He has published other works on Greek architectural theory, particularly on the Doric temple, and on Greek theories of music and proportion.