Codicology and Latin Paleography
Center for Renaissance Studies
End of Term Party (March 14, 2008)
This seminar provides students with a firm foundation in the discipline of codicology (the study of the manuscript book) and introduces them both to the forms of script used in writing Latin in the Middle Ages and to the cultural history of the medieval book. Students become familiar with the materials and techniques of medieval book production, develop their skills in transcribing Latin from original sources, and explore the role of the book in medieval society. Because so much of what we know about the Middle Ages is derived from the study of manuscripts, this seminar—intended for medievalists from across the disciplines—provides students with a fundamental skill for the study of literature (both Latin and vernacular), intellectual history, social history, ecclesiastical history, art history, and music history. It also serves to prepare students for the subsequent study of documentary hands. The course draws on the Newberry Library’s manuscript holdings in demonstrating the physical properties of the manuscript book, as sources for student transcription assignments, and as potential topics for term papers.
Prerequisite: one semester of college Latin or equivalent
All students must register with the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library. Please call 312-255-3514 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.