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This volume developed out of the Conference Music and Esotericism: Art and Science of Sounds Facing the Occult Knowledge, organized at the Academia Belgica in Rome. The present book maintains a focus on the individual level, taking stock of recent research on such crucial authors as Marsilio Ficino, Tommaso Campanella, Athanasius Kircher, Johannes Kepler and Marin Mersenne. It also reveals some views on less studied authors, at least with respect to music, such as Abu Mashar and Giovanni Bat-tista della Porta. The book is divided into three parts. This chapter serves as a background for the other papers in this volume.

Keywords: Esotericism; Music; Rome



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