Jeremy Thompson

My project proposes to trace various strains of musical and mathematical influence in medieval symbolism over the period 900-1200. I am interested in the properties of squares and of the number four as well as the symbolism of measuring instruments, like rulers, carpenter’s squares, compasses, and chronometers of different kinds. Not only do I mean to document changes in meaning, but I am also interested in reconstructing the concrete networks of scholars who carried and spread this knowledge. A principal axis of research is the convergence of classical and biblical thinking, and the momentum that this synthesis generates. For the moment, my attention is focused on unattended manuscript glosses bearing on neoplatonic and neopythagorean reception.