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Andrew Hicks

Associate Professor

Lincoln Hall, Room 106

Educational Background

PhD, Medieval Studies, University of Toronto


Andrew Hicks’ research focuses on the early history of musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective, tracing its role within the wider spectrum of philosophical, cosmological, and scientific discourse in late antiquity and the middle ages. He is particularly interested in medieval translations and transformations of ancient Greek harmonic theory in both Latin and Arabo-Persian traditions. Hicks is cross-appointed to the Program in Medieval Studies and is a member of the Graduate Fields of Classics and Near Eastern Studies. His teaching interests range from the history of medieval music theory and practice to medieval Latin language, literature, paleography, and codicology, as well as topics of a more philosophical bent.

Hicks has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences and colloquia in musicology, medieval studies, medieval Latin, and philosophy. His publications appear in the The Cambridge History of Pythagoreanism, The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature, The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, and The Journal of Medieval Latin. He has collaborated with Fr. Édouard Jeauneau on the edition of John Scottus Eriugena’s Commentary and Homily on the Gospel of John, and their collaboration continues with the forthcoming first edition of William of Conches’ Glosulae super Prisciani Librum constructionum (Institutiones 17–18).


medieval music theory


  • Classics
  • Music
  • Religious Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Studies



  • 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 for submission in 2017).


  • “Mysticism’s Musical Modalities: Audition (sama‘) in Medieval Persian Sufism.” Forthcoming in Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures.

  • “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.

  • “Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.” In A History of Pythagoreanism, ed. Carl Huffman, 416-434. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014.

  • 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, forthcoming).

  • “Aribonis De musica,” “Aureliani Reomensis Musica disciplina,” and “Claudii Ptolemaei Harmonicorum libri tres” for Musikschrifttum 1: Musiktheorie (Baerenreiter, forthcoming 2017)

  • “Ghaznavid ghulaman and the Politics of Musical Agency in the Poetry of Farrukhi Sistani” (in progress).

  • “Greco-Roman Harmonics as Science.” In Oxford Handbooks Online in Classical Studies, ed. Gareth Williams (Oxford UP, 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).

  • “Hisdosus Scholasticus, De anima mundi Platonica: An Edition.” Mediaeval Studies 78 (2016): forthcoming.

  • “Hisdosus Scholasticus, De anima mundi Platonica: A Study” (in progress).