London: Famous Greek philosopher Plato was a secret follower of Pythagoras and shared his belief that the secrets to Universe lie in numbers and maths.
The inference has been drawn from "secret messages" uncovered from Plato`s ancient writings by a British academic at Manchester University, which have been debated for 2,000 years by the greatest minds in history.
Plato, who died around 347 BC, is arguably the greatest of all the Greek philosophers. With his mentor Socrates, and his student Aristotle, he laid down the foundations of Western philosopher and science.
Now, according to Dr Jay Kennedy, one of Plato`s most important beliefs was hidden in his writing.
"Plato`s books played a major role in founding Western culture but they are mysterious and end in riddles. In antiquity, many of his followers said the books contained hidden layers of meaning and secret codes, but this was rejected by modern scholars.
"It is a long and exciting story, but basically I
cracked the code. I have shown rigorously that the books do
contain codes and symbols and that unravelling them reveals the hidden philosophy of Plato.
"The result was amazing -- it was like opening a tomb and finding new set of gospels written by Jesus Christ himself," the `Daily Mail` quoted Dr Kennedy as saying.
In fact, the key to unravelling the Plato Code lies in a Greek musical scale of 12 notes popular among followers of the earlier philosopher Pythagoras.
Dr Kennedy discovered that key phrases, words and themes crop up in regular intervals throughout Plato`s writings and that they match the spacing of these 12 notes in the musical scale.
His most famous work, the Republic, for instance, is made up of 12,000 Homeric lines of text. Dr Kennedy found that every 1,000 lines, Plato returns to the theme of music.
In another dialogue, the Symposium, words describing harmony and unity crop up at the same regularly spaced intervals.
In the Greek musical scale some of the notes are armonic, or pleasing to the ear. Others are dissonant or grating, and need to be followed by another note to relieve the musical tension they create.
At the location of harmonic notes in his writings, Plato wrote lines associated with love or laughter. But the dissonant notes were marked with screeching sounds.
Dr Kennedy, whose findings are published in `Apeiron` journal, believes the pattern of symbols would`ve been obvious to the ancient followers of Pythagoras. "As we read his books, our emotions follow the ups and downs of a musical scale.
Plato plays his readers like musical instruments," he said.
Dr Kennedy added: "This is the beginning of something big. It will take a generation to work out the implications. All 2,000 pages contain undetected symbols."