Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0153 (AF:401193 AR:217392)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
4th Term
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Teaching falls within the teachings of the common path of the three-year history degree.
The teaching aims to provide students with the methodological tools of the history of writing from the 2nd century B.C. to the 16th century, with the introduction of large-scale printing.
The aims of the teaching are: to develop reflection skills on written forms, on the state of conservation of writing materials, on the forms of transmission of texts; to provide the main tools for transcriptions and critical editions of book and documentary texts; to provide the basic methodological tools for the palaeographic analysis of medieval writings.
The achievement of these objectives allows the student to have the basis for learning the main medieval book and documentary writings; the tools for critical analysis and evaluation of artefacts; and the learning of the main critical tools for editions of texts.
The course aims to provide the main tools for the critical analysis of medieval library and documentary sources also with a view to a continuity of practices from the ancient world to the late Middle Ages, whether they are written, textual or material.
The course also intends to deepen, through practical exercises on classes of materials present in the area
Knowledge and understanding

- can critically use the main tools for the paleographic analysis of medieval artefacts;
- knows how to use the basic tools necessary for the cataloguing, critical and analytical study of the main medieval writings and artefacts in their material aspect.
- He knows the different types of sources useful for the historical reconstruction of the writing contexts that produced the medieval graphic typologies and is able to interpret them in a deep and effective way.
In the context of teaching, activities are planned to initiate the study of palaeography with the active and verifiable participation of students.
no prerequisites are required
recognition of the main categories of writings and writing media; classification of media; classification of writing types.
in particular: forms and evolution of material writing supports (from papyrus to paper; from roll to code); forms and evolution of writing tools; conceptual categories for the study of writings. history of Latin writing from the origin to the 16th century (from capital letters to humanistic writings: epigraphic, Damasian and book capital; writings of graphic particularism: insular, Merovingian, Visigothic, Longobard and new corsive; lowercase carolina; documentary writings between the high Middle Ages and the 11th-12th centuries; Gothic; pre-humanistic and humanistic writings).
In Moodle there are materials for the preparation of the exam: exercises and powerpoints commented in addition to the bibliography indicated below:
i materiali del corso sono caricati sulla piattaforma Moodle: materiali per esercitazioni; PowerPoint commentati ad integrazione di uno dei manuali a scelta qui riportati:

1) A. Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina, Roma 1992.

2) B. Bischoff, Paleografia latina. Antichita e Medioevo, a c. di G. Mantovani e S. Zamponi, Padova 1992 (in versione originale tedesca o nella traduzione in francese o inglese per gli studenti stranieri).

3) G. Cencetti, Lineamenti di storia della scrittura latina, ristampa a c. di G. Guerrini Ferri, Bologna 1997.

per le esercitazioni di lettura (ma si veda anche Moodle):

F. Steffens, Paleographie latine, Treves-Paris 1910.
materiali cartacei distribuiti nel corso delle lezioni
oral test;
The examination consists of the dating, recognition and localization of Latin writings produced in the chronology between the 2nd century B.C. and the end of the 16th century;
classroom lessons; classroom exercises; reading, dating and localization exercises using facsimiles.
Students who are not attending should contact the following address to agree on a bibliography:

Ca’ Foscari applica la Legge Italiana (Legge 17/1999; Legge 170/2010) per i servizi di supporto e di accomodamento disponibili agli studenti con disabilità o con disturbi specifici dell’apprendimento. Se hai una disabilità motoria, visiva, dell’udito o altre disabilità (Legge 17/1999) o un disturbo specifico dell’apprendimento (Legge 170/2010) e richiedi supporto (assistenza in aula, ausili tecnologici per lo svolgimento di esami o esami individualizzati, materiale in formato accessibile, recupero appunti, tutorato specialistico a supporto dello studio, interpreti o altro) contatta l’ufficio Disabilità e DSA
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 05/09/2022