LATIN PALAEOGRAPHY

Lettere LATIN PALAEOGRAPHY

0312600045
DEPARTMENT OF HUMANISTIC STUDIES
EQF6
ARTS
2020/2021

YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2015
PRIMO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
630LESSONS
Objectives
THIS COURSE WILL OUTLINE THE MAIN EVOLUTIVE PHASES OF LATIN WRITING FROM THE ARCHAIC ERA TO THE DIFFUSION OF PRINTED BOOKS. IN ADDITION, IT WILL OFFER A GLOBAL VIEW OF THE FIELDS OF APPLICATION OF WRITING (EPIGRAPHIES, BOOKS, DOCUMENTS) WITH PARTICULAR REGARD TO THEIR FORMAL AND TEXTUAL ASPECTS, METHODS OF PRODUCTION AND THEIR SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS.
KNOWLEDGE AND COMPREHENSION:
KNOWLEDGE OF WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF THE WESTERN LATIN AREA AND OF THE METHODOLOGIES OF PALAEOGRAPHIC AND DIPLOMATIC RESEARCH. KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHARACTERISTICS AND FUNCTIONS OF WRITTEN EVIDENCE.
ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE:
STUDENTS WILL STRENGTHEN THEIR CAPACITY TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT GRAPHICAL SYSTEMS AND THE RELATIVE APPLICATION AREA, WITH PARTICULAR REGARD TO FORMAL FEATURES OF BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS.
Prerequisites
WE RECOMMEND AN ELEMENTARY KNOWLEDGE OF LATIN LANGUAGE
Contents
THE COURSE IS DIVIDED IN TWO MODULES:
I) PRINCIPLES AND TERMINOLOGY OF PALAEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS. MATERIALS, INSTRUMENTS, TECHNIQUES. LATIN WRITING IN THE ARCHAIC AGE AND IN THE ROMAN AGE. BOOKS AND SCRIPTS FROM THE LATE ROMAN AGE TO THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES. THE SYSTEM OF ABBREVIATION IN ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL AGES. GRAPHIC PARTICULARISM. SCRIPTS AND CULTURE IN THE IXTH-XIVTH CENTURIES. MEDIAEVAL UNIVERSITY BOOKS. HUMANISTIC MANUSCRIPTS AND THE REVIVAL OF THE "ANTIQUA". SCRIPTS AND BOOKS IN THE MODERN AGE.

II) ELEMENTS OF DIPLOMATICS. GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND DEFINITIONS. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DOCUMENTS. PHYSICAL AND INTERNAL FEATURES OF THE MEDIEVAL DOCUMENT. DOCUMENTARY SCRIPTS: OLD ROMAN CURSIVE AND NEW ROMAN CURSIVE. BENEVENTAN DOCUMENTARY SCRIPTS. THE DIPLOMATIC MINUSCULE. THE XIIITH AND XIVTH CENTURIES: THE “CANCELLERESCA” MINUSCULE, THE MERCHANTS SCRIPT, THE SEMIGOTHIC CURSIVE.
Teaching Methods
EVERY LECTURE CONSISTS OF A THEORY PART - WITH PURPOSE TO THE HISTORICAL FRAME AND OF THE DESCRIPTION OF GRAPHIC PHENOMENONS - AND OF A PRATICAL PART DURING WHICH STUDENTS ARE PRESENTED WITH FAC-SIMILE REPRODUCTIONS OF SCRIPTS WHICH ARE ILLUSTRATED ONE BY ONE. THROUGH GUIDED READING OF THE PLATES STUDENTS ACKNOLEDGE THE GRAPHIC PRODUCTION AND THE PUNCTUAL SINGLE OUT OF ITS CHARACTERS. THE PURPOSE OF THE LECTURES IS TO ALWAYS CREATE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STUDENTS WHO ARE INVITED TO ASK QUESTIONS AND TO REFLECT ABOUT EVOLUTIONARY PROCEEDINGS.
EXERCISES ABOUT THE MAIN REFERENCE WORKS OF MANUSCRIPTS ON TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL SUPPORT USED; GUIDED VISITS TO LIBRARIES WHERE PARTICIPANTS WILL VIEW ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS AND GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN APPLYING THEMES TO CONCRETE EXAMPLES.
Verification of learning
EVALUATION WILL CONSIST OF AN ORAL EXAM WHICH CHECKS THE ABILITY OF THE STUDENT TO RECOGNISE GRAPHIC IDENTIFY, TO DATE AND PLACE TEXTS IN THE RIGHT HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL CONTEXT, TO READ AND ANALYSE *FACSIMILAR EXAMPLES OF WRITTEN EVIDENCE.
THE STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES (EXPLAIN THEIR IDEAS) CLEARLY USING APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE AND THE RIGHT CONCEPTUAL CATEGORIES OF THE DISCIPLINE.
Texts
I MODULO
- P. CHERUBINI, LA SCRITTURA LATINA. STORIA, FORME E USI, CAROCCI, ROMA 2018
- A. PETRUCCI, PRIMA LEZIONE DI PALEOGRAFIA, LATERZA, ROMA, LATERZA, 2002.
II MODULO
- A. PRATESI, GENESI E FORME DEL DOCUMENTO MEDIEVALE, JOUVENCE, ROMA, 1999
- A. PETRUCCI, MEDIOEVO DA LEGGERE. GUIDA ALLO STUDIO DELLE TESTIMONIANZE SCRITTE DEL MEDIOEVO ITALIANO, EINAUDI, TORINO, 1992.
More Information
STUDENTS ATTENDING DEGREE COURSE IN CLASSICAL STUDIES WILL FOLLOW THE PROGRAM OF THE FIRST MODULE (30 HRS - 6 CFU).

DURING THE COURSE REPRODUTIONS OF THE MANUSCRIPT BOOKS AND DOCUMENTARY SCRIPTS WILL BE HANDED OUT. I RECOMMEND ATTENDANCE. WE RECOMMEND A KNOWLEDGE OF MEDIEVAL HISTORY.
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