Bettina Joy de Guzman

“Sing Goddess and Queen, Muse” (Ancient Greek Music performance). Paulo Quintela Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Coimbra University. 5:30-6:30

Plenary Session 3, June 28, Friday. 

As the third and final Plenary Speaker in Celtic Conference in Classics, June 26-29 2019, Bettina Joy de Guzman performs Ancient Greek lyrics she has set to music on reconstructed lyre. The songs, as well as her poem “Lullabye of Thetis” center around the feminine characters of the Trojan War, especially that of Thetis, goddess of the sea, and mother of Achilles.

  • Epitaph of Seikilos— the oldest complete lyrics with Ancient Greek musical mutations, so far found— arranged by Nikos Xanthoulis. Ancient Greek. 

  • Sappho fragment, Δεδυκε μεν α Σελάνα (The Moon Has Set), music by Nikos Xanthoulis. Ancient Greek.

  • Cosmogony, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Composed and performed by Bettina Joy de Guzman, accompanied by Nikos Xanthoulis on lyra. Latin.

Updated: Oct 23, 2018

Metamorphoses: Gods and Mortals in The Age of Hadrian: Two lyres, in a dialogue between Romans and Greeks. Bettina Joy de Guzman sings in original Latin text with lyre, while Nikos accompanies the recitation by the public with lyre.

"Bettina Joy De Guzman, a multifaceted musician and historian who revives ancient Latin and Greek music and composes remanufactured historical instruments using traditional rhythms and performances, will play an ancient form and will sing using the Latin text. Besides, Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis, a composer and award-winning scholar of ancient Greek music, who recently wrote and presented in Greece and Europe the first soloist work on ancient lyra and symphony orchestra, will musically accompany the audience to reading extracts from the text Ovid (translated by Andreas N. Michalopoulos and Charilaos N. Michalopoulos). Also, poems by Antonis Makrydimitris from the book OBIDANA, inspired by the great Roman poet and his work, will also be read, offering a modern dimension in the ways that ancient myths can be approached and revived."