Postgraduate Course: The Latin Manuscript: Palaeography, Codicology, Textual Criticism (PGHC11454)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Most of the ancient and medieval literature we have today came down to us precisely because it was copied by hand, often over successive generations, and preserved in collections where we can still access the copies today. Learning to use manuscript materials allows both classicists and medievalists to break new ground and study previously unknown or understudied texts, authors, traditions, and topics.
Over the eleven weeks of the course, we will explore a thousand years of Latin handwriting, and delve into the foundations of textual scholarship, covering scripts, dating, codicology, cataloguing, libraries, provenance, collation, recension and editing, using both the traditional methods as well as new technologies including digital facsimiles and editing software. The following topics will be covered in the course:
- History of Scripts: Roman, Uncial, Half-Uncial, and National Scripts
- History of Scripts: Insular and Caroline
- History of Scripts: Gothic and Humanistic
- Abbreviations and Paratexts
- Finding manuscripts: Print and Online
- Visit to National Library of Scotland
- Critical editions: Reading introductions and critical apparatus
- Collation and comparison of manuscript texts
- Editing 1: Constructing a stemma
- Editing 2: Producing a text.
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- decipher Latin text-hands and glossing-hands from ca. 500-1500, identifying scripts and approximate dating
- describe the construction and codicological features of a manuscript book
- use printed catalogues, online databases, and library research to locate and exploit manuscript material
- understand the way in which manuscripts are used to produce critical editions
- demonstrate originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; and a considerable degree of autonomy in class discussion and coursework.
L. D. Reynolds, ed. Texts and Transmission: A Survey of the Latin Classics. Oxford 1983.
J. Velaza, ed. From the Protohistory to the History of the Text. Frankfurt am Main 2016.
R. Clemens, Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Ithaca 2007.
Ch. de Hamel, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts. London 2016.
E. A. Lowe, Codices latini antiquiores. 12 vol. Oxford 1934-1971.
E. A. Lowe, The Beneventan Script. Oxford 1914.
A. Derolez, The Palaeography of the Gothic Manuscript Book. Cambridge 2003.
B.L. Ullman, Ancient Writing and Its Influence. Toronto 1932.
B.L. Ullman, The Origin and Development of Humanistic Script. Rome 1960.
B. Bischoff, Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Cambridge 1990
R.B.C. Huygens, Ars edendi. A Practical Introduction to Editing Medieval Latin Texts. Turnhout 2000.
R. Tarrant, Texts, Editors, and Readers: Methods and Problems in Latin Textual Criticism. Cambridge 2016.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Justin Stover
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
|Course secretary||Miss Martina Benkova
Tel: (0131 6)50 3533