Latin Paleography (i) (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Massimiliano Bassetti
Massimiliano Bassetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

A course in Latin Palaeography prepares students for research with original classical, late antique and medieval manuscripts. Emphasis is on distinguishing characteristic letter forms and spelling peculiarities which date and place classical and medieval manuscripts, even in practice sessions. Focus is also set on the history of writing and editorial methods for classical and medieval texts in literature, philosophy, cosmology, physics, and theology.


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 (+ A. PETRUCCI, Prima lezione di paleografia, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2002 [Universale Laterza, 811]);
b) B. BISCHOFF, Paleografia latina. Antichità e Medioevo, a c. di G. MANTOVANI e S. ZAMPONI, Padova, Antenore, 1992;
c) G. CENCETTI, Lineamenti di storia della scrittura latina, ristampa a c. di G. GUERRINI FERRI, Bologna, Pàtron Editore, 1997;
d) P. CHERUBINI - A. PRATESI, Paleografia latina. L’avventura grafica del mondo occidentale, Città del Vaticano, Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica, 2010 (Littera antiqua, 16).

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Armando Petrucci 2 Alle origini del libro moderno Laterza 1979
Armando Petrucci Breve storia della scrittura latina Il Bagatto 1989 8878060264

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.)