History | Latin Paleography and Codicology
H715 | 28356 | Field

Above class open to Graduates only

The course will focus on Latin texts in the late medieval and early
Renaissance period. The emphasis will be on how to find and read
texts. Besides our chief focus, transcribing late medieval and
Renaissance texts, we will take up (1) manuscript bibliography,
including various indices of manuscripts; (2) information centers
for manuscript research (and specialists in various aspects of
codicology who can be consulted); (3) manuscript depositories in the
United States and elsewhere; and (4) Renaissance bibliography in
general, especially as it pertains to identifying minor scholars and

Often scholars consult manuscripts only because a printed edition of
a text is not available, or in order to make a critical edition.
But we also want to approach manuscripts more theoretically, to
explore how manuscripts can answer questions of cultural and
literary transmission and intellectual history.  What does the
script tell us about the manuscript’s audience, or intended
audience?  Why are some texts heavily annotated and others free of
marginalia?  What do the marginalia tell us about the reader?  Why
are some texts copied so often?

Each student will be expected to transcribe and edit one late
medieval or Renaissance work. A knowledge of Latin is required.

For more information, please email afield@indiana.edu.