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Andrew Hicks

Associate Professor

Andrew Hicks

Lincoln Hall, Room 106

Educational Background

PhD, Medieval Studies, University of Toronto


Andrew Hicks’ research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. His first book, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos (Oxford University Press, 2017), won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson book award (2018) and the Society for Music Theory's Emerging Scholar book award (2018). He collaborated with Fr. Édouard Jeauneau on  John Scottus Eriugena’s Commentary and Homily on the Gospel of John (CCCM 166, Brepols 2008), and he is currently preparing the first edition of William of Conches’ Glosulae super Priscianum (Brepols). His published essays range across the history of music theory, late ancient and medieval Pythagoreanism, the reception of Martianus Capella, textual criticism, and musical metaphors and modalities in Classical Persian literatures. He won the 2018 Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin for research on his next book project, tentatively titled The Broken Harp: Listening Otherwise in Classical Persian Literature.

Hicks is cross-appointed to the Program in Medieval Studies, where he serves as the resident Medieval Latinist, is a member of the Graduate Fields of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, the Religious Studies Program, and is affiliated with the Carl Sagan Institute. He regularly leads graduate seminars in the history of music theory, medieval Latin literature, Latin paleography and codicology, medieval cosmology, philosophical commentaries, and musical thought in medieval Arabo-Persian cultures, and he teaches undergraduate courses in music history and theory. He is co-editor of the Journal of Musicology, associate editor of the Journal of Medieval Latin, and is on the editorial board of TEAMS and the board of directors of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies


medieval music theory


  • Carl Sagan Institute
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Music
  • Religious Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Studies




  • Composing the World: The Harmony of the Medieval Platonic Cosmos. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Iohannis Scotti seu Eriugenae Homilia et Commentarius in Euangelium Iohannis. Ed. Édouard Jeauneau and Andrew Hicks. Corpus christianorum. Continuatio mediaeualis, 166. Turnhout: Brepols, 2008. 
  • The Broken Harp: Listening Otherwise in Classical Persian Literature (book project in progress)
  • Guillelmi de Conchis Glosulae de magno Prisciano (Institutiones 1–16). Ed. Andrew Hicks and Édouard Jeauneau. Corpus christianorum. Continuatio mediaeualis. Turnhout: Brepols (contracted).
  • Guillelmi de Conchis Glosulae super Prisciani Librum constructionum (Institutiones 17–18). Ed. Andrew Hicks and Édouard Jeauneau. Corpus christianorum. Continuatio mediaeualis. Turnhout: Brepols (contracted).


  • Hisdosus Scholasticus, De anima mundi Platonica: An Edition.” Mediaeval Studies 78 (2016): 1–64.
  • “Editing Medieval Commentaries on Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii: A Synopsis Traditionis.” In The Arts of Editing Medieval Greek and Latin: A Casebook, ed. Elisabet Göransson, Gunilla Iversen, et al., 138-159. Toronto: Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies, 2016.
  • Re-interpreting an Arithmetical Error in Boethius’s De institutione musica.” Music Theory and Analysis 3 (2016): 1–26.
  • “Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.” In A History of Pythagoreanism, ed. Carl Huffman, 416–434. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014.
  • Martianus Capella and the Liberal Arts.” In The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature, ed. David Townsend and Ralph Hexter, 307–334. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012.
  • Musica speculativa in the Cambridge Commentary on Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis.” Journal of Medieval Latin 18 (2008), 292–305.
  • Bernardus Silvestris.” In The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. Karla Pollmann, Willemien Otten, et al., 174–176. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013.
  • Entries on Alypius, Aristides Quintilianus, Bacchius Geron, Barbad, barbat, chang, Gaudentius, huniyagar, music, organ, qayna, surnay, and tanbur for the Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, ed. Oliver Nicholson and Mark Humpheries (Oxford UP, 2018).
  • “Aribonis De musica,” “Aureliani Reomensis Musica disciplina,” and “Claudii Ptolemaei Harmonicorum libri tres” for Lexikon Schriften über Musik, Band 1: Musiktheorie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwarted. H. Grimm, M. Fald-Fuhrmann, et al., 35–37, 49–51, and 402–403. Kassel: Baerenreiter, 2017.
  • Review of Sinéad O’Sullivan, Glossae aevi Carolini in libros I–II Martiani Capellae de nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 237, Turnhout: Brepols 2010. The Journal of Medieval Latin 22 (2012): 323–328.
  • “Editing the Glosulae super Prisciani Librum constructionum of William of Conches.” Ars Edendi Workshop Proceedings.
  • “Mysticism’s Musical Modalities: Audition (sama‘) in Medieval Persian Sufism” (under review).
  • “Ghaznavid ghulaman and the Politics of Musical Agency in the Poetry of Farrukhi Sistani” (in progress).
  • “Hisdosus Scholasticus, De anima mundi Platonica: A Study” (in progress).
  • “Greco-Roman Harmonics as Science.” In Oxford Handbooks Online in Classical Studies, ed. Gareth Williams (Oxford UP, invited and in progress).
  • “Pythagoras Latinus, Arabus, et Persicus: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Music and the Pythagorean Tradition.” In A Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism, ed. Aurélien Robert, Irene Caiazzo, and Constantinos Macris (Brill, invited and in progress).
  • “Calming Frenzy and Inducing Ecstasy: Cross-Cultural Case Studies in Medieval Musical Affect.” In The Routledge Companion to Music, Mind and Well-being: Historical and Scientific Perspectives, ed. Penelope Gouk, James Kennaway, Jacomien Prins, and Wiebke Thormahlen (Routledge, invited and in progress).


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