Paleography and Archive Administration - PALEOGRAFIA (M) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Massimiliano Bassetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

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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:
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).
A. Petrucci, Prima lezione di paleografia, Roma-Bari, 2011

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Cherubini, A. Pratesi Paleografia latina. L'avventura grafica del mondo occidentale (Edizione 1) Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica 2010 978-88-85054-20-2

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.)