Professor Andrew Barker FBA

Music; Ancient Greek Music

Elected 2005

UK Emeritus Fellow
Classics, Music

Andrew Barker read Greats at Oxford, and went on from there to the Australian National University, where he wrote a PhD thesis on forms of explanation in evolutionary biology. Ancient philosophy, however, was the main focus of his teaching career, in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick and the Classics Departments of the Universities of Cambridge, Otago and Birmingham. He retired in 2008. He plunged into research on ancient Greek music and musical theory in the mid-1970s, a time when these subjects had long been seriously neglected, and has been working on them ever since. He is the Founding President of the International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage (informally known as Moisa), and editor of the journal Greek and Roman Musical Studies.

Current post

Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Birmingham

Past appointments

University of Birmingham Professor of Classics

Jan 1996 - Jan 2010

University of Otago Professor of Classics, University of Otago, New Zealand

Jan 1992 - Jan 1995

University of Warwick Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Jan 1970 - Jan 1992


The Science of Harmonics in Classical Greece 2007 ed. 1

Greek Musical Writings, vols 1-2 1984-1989

Scientific Method in Ptolemy's 'Harmonics' 2000

Psicomusicologia nella Grecia antica 2005

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