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Andrew Hicks

Associate Professor and Dale R. Corson House Professor and Dean, Hans Bethe House

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 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.  He is also co-chair and founder of the History of Music Theory Study Group of the AMS, is on the board of the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the AMS, and serves on the advisory board for Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures (an ERC funded project at the University of Oxford). 


medieval music theory


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

Graduate Fields

  • Classics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Studies


Fall 2021



  • 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 (in progress).
  • Guillelmi de Conchis Glosulae super Prisciani Librum constructionum (Institutiones 17–18). Ed. Andrew Hicks and Édouard Jeauneau. Corpus christianorum. Continuatio mediaeualis. Turnhout: Brepols (in progress).


  • “Harmonies of Powers, Nature, and Soul in Twelfth-Century Natural Philosophy.” In Powers: A History, ed. Julia Jorati. Oxford Philosophical Concepts (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Technologies: Instrumentalizing Music Theory” In A Cultural History of Music in Antiquity (c.800 BCE–500 CE), ed. Sean Gurd and Pauline LeVen (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming).
  • (co-authored with Jonathan Morton) “Philosophies: Cosmos and Politics, Harmony and Disharmony.” In A Cultural History of Music in the Middle Ages (500‒1400), ed. Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming).
  • "Music and the Pythagorean Tradition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages." In Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism, ed. Aurélien Robert, Irene Caiazzo, and Constantinos Macris. (Leiden: Brill, in press).
  • "Mysticism’s Musical Modalities: Philosophies of Audition in Medieval Persian Sufism." In The Music Road: Coherence and Diversity in Music from the Mediterranean to India, ed. Reinhard Strohm, 103–125. Proceedings of the British Academy 223. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • "The Regulative Power of the Harmony of the Spheres in Medieval Latin, Arabic and Persian Sources.” In The Routledge Companion to Music, Mind and Well-being, ed. Penelope Gouk, James Kennaway, Jacomien Prins, and Wiebke Thormählen, 33–45 (New York: Routledge, 2018).
  • 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 University Press, 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 University Press, 2012.
  • Musica speculativa in the Cambridge Commentary on Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis.” Journal of Medieval Latin 18 (2008), 292–305.
  • “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 University Press, invited and in progress).

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