Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

With the kind collaboration of the American Academy in Rome and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), from 8 to 19 January 2018 the American Academy in Rome offers its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology. The curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. David T. Gura will teach the course and supervise manuscript research. This two-week intensive course will introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Western Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.

In collaboration with the American Academy in Rome and the Vatican Library

Paleography Evangelist Matthew Barb Lat

A special feature of the course will be extensive library visits to the BAV, which enable participants to apply the skills and techniques from the seminars with medieval manuscripts in situ. Discussion sections will offer a chance for students to share their experiences in a group setting and discuss various problems and difficulties. The course will culminate in a final presentation in which students present the fruits of their research and field questions from the audience.Participants will develop mastery of abbreviation systems, the ability to identify, classify, localize, and date western book hands (ca. 1100-1500), and an understanding of the historical development and influence of Latin scripts. Western codicological principles and an introduction to analytical manuscript description will enable participants to interpret the manuscript as a complete object by utilizing physical properties such as collation, ruling patterns, decoration in parallel with the script.

Two evening lectures by specialists will provide in depth supplementary content to particular aspects of the seminars.

2018 Dates
January 8-19, 2018

David T. Gura, curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, University of Notre Dame


Two evening Speciality Lectures will take place at Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway:

January 12, 2018 at 6 PM Prof. dr. Erik Kwakkel  (Scaliger Chair, Leiden University), "Pregothic Script and How to Study It".

January 17, 2018 at 6 PM Don Federico Gallo (Biblioteca Ambrosiana), "Medieval Diplomatics".


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