Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0145 (AF:467186 AR:252188)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The course is one of the main teaching methods of the master's degree courses in Sciences of Antiquity: Literature, History and Archaeology; History from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age; Archival and Library Sciences.
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.
Achieving these objectives allows the student to have the basis for learning the main medieval book and documentary writings; tools for critical analysis and evaluation of artefacts, as well as the main critical tools for text editions.
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 territory.
Knowledge and understanding:

can critically use the main tools for the palaeographic analysis of medieval artefacts;
can use the basic tools necessary for the cataloguing, to the critical and analytical study of the main medieval book and documentary writings and artefacts in their material aspect;
knows how to complete a critical edition of texts i with the problems connected to it;
knows the different types of sources useful for the historical reconstruction of the writer contexts that produced the medieval graphic typologies and is able to interweave them in a deep and effective way.

As part of the teaching activities are planned to begin the study of medieval codices and documents 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 capital; onciale and seminal; the birth of the lowercase; graphic particularism writings: insular, merovingian, visigothic, longobard and new italics; Carolingian writing; documentary writings between the high middle ages and the 11th-12th centuries; Gothic; pre-humanistic and humanistic writings).
the materials for the preparation for the Latin Paleography exam are uploaded in Moodle: exercise materials; PowerPoint commented to integrate one of the manuals of your choice here:

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.

for reading tutorials (see also Moodle):

F. Steffens, Latin Paleographie, Treves-Paris 1910.
paper materials distributed during the lessons

oral exam.
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;
Frontal lessons; exercises on classes of materials; exercises, through the use of facsimiles, reading, dating and localization of writings. the course also includes a visit to the main libraries and archives in the territory.
Non-attending students wishing to take the exam in Latin Palaeography sp. are required to contact the teacher.

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: 25/05/2023