Latin Paleography (i) (2019/2020)

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Massimiliano Bassetti
Massimiliano Bassetti
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Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to enable the attending students to deal, date (according to place and time), read, transcribe, comprehend, and examine the main forms of manuscript artifacts written in Latin alphabet (both books, and charters, not neglecting the epigraphs) from the Antiquity, and the Late Antiquity, to the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Era. The skills so learned, both on theoretical and practical side, will be very helpful for those students who, in completing their bachelor’s degree (both in literary and historical curriculum), are intended to be working with manuscript sources in their original form.


The course will focus the history of the handwritings in Latin script between 6th century D.C. and 15th century A.D.

Knowledges in latin classics, roman history and medieval history are useful for attendance.

Reference books:
a) A. PETRUCCI, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Roma, Bagatto Libri, 1989;
b) P. CHERUBINI, La scrittura latina: storia, forme, usi, Roma, Carocci Editore, 2019 (Bussole, 589);

In any case the chosen book has to be integrated with A. PETRUCCI, Prima lezione di paleografia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2002 (Universale Laterza, 811)

Special schedules for not regular attenders have to be drawn with the teacher.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Armando Petrucci Breve storia della scrittura latina Il Bagatto 1989 8878060264
Paolo Cherubini La scrittura latina: storia, forme, usi Carocci Editore 2019 9788843095148
Armando Petrucci Prima lezione di paleografia Laterza 2002 9788842066439

Assessment methods and criteria

The final will be an oral exam in two steps. 1. Read, date and place a classical or medieval sample of script; 2. Oral test on the history of latin handwriting (400 b.C. - 1500 a.D.)