Latin 260
Latin Palaeography and Textual Tradition
Spring 2006

Instructor: Robert W. Cape, Jr.
Office: Admin. 310         Phone: ext. 2241
Email:      Web Homepage:
Office hours: MWF 2:00 -2:50 post meridiem & by appt.

  • Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde, An Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography. Clarendon Press, 1912; rpt. Oxbow, 2002.
  • Bischoff, Bernard Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Trans. D. Ó Cróinín and D. Ganz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • This course offers an introduction to Latin paleography, the historical transmission of Latin texts, and the early development of book production in Europe. Our focus will be on the development of the Latin alphabet and handwriting styles from the first century AD to the invention of the printing press and the regional variations of scripts in the first printed books. It will also trace the transmission process of Latin texts from antiquity to the first printed editions. Knowledge of Latin through LAT 201 is required, but the emphasis of the class is on the development of the alphabet and on the European cultural framework in which manuscripts, inscriptions, and books circulated.

    Each class period will be devoted to introducing one or two new hands, with emphasis on development from the previous styles, and to working from with manuscripts to determine characteristics of style and ductus. There will be a weekly quiz to identify scripts and scriptoria. Since the course meets once a week, only one absence is allowed for the semester. The course meets concurrently with Latin 414 on Fridays. There will be a final exam on identifying scripts and sorting texts by date. Austin College's Standards of Academic Integrity are assumed to apply to all work done in this course.

    The final grade is based on your participation in the course, weekly quizzes, and the final exam. The percentage breakdown is as follows:



    weekly quizzes


    final exam


    (Thursday, May 11, 12:00-2:00 pm)

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    Robert W. Cape, Jr., Associate Professor of Classics
    Classical & Modern Languages
    900 N. Grand Avenue, Suite 61653
    Sherman, TX 75090-4440
    phone: (903) 813-2241  fax: (903) 813-2011


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