Seminar on palaeography and editing Latin texts

lglor2171  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on palaeography and editing Latin texts
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2019-2020
Moureau Sébastien;
This course addresses students with a good command of Latin
Main themes
The course includes the following topics:
  1. Introduction to codicology;
  2. Handwritten copy of Latin texts and textual transmission issues;
  3. Ancient and medieval Latin writings;
  4. Practical training in reading Latin manuscripts (reading exercices);
  5. Theoretical and practical training in editing Latin texts.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be able:
  • to decipher a Latin manuscript, or to find the necessary assistance to read it;
  • to locate a written text within the history of ancient and medieval Latin writings;
  • to read, analyse and use an edition (introduction and critical apparatus);
  • to collate various major manuscripts of a given text and to prepare a provisional edition;
  • to use bibliographical and working tools.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The seminar will deals with Latin paleography and textual criticism.
The seminar will first and foremost be taught from a practical point of view: the student will learn how to read medieval manuscript and make a critical edition.
Each section of the course will be divided into two stages: the first one being a lecture (theoretical teaching and the second one a series of practical exercises.
Teaching methods
Part of the course consists of lectures (theoretical explanations). The remainder consists of practical exercises.
Evaluation methods
Oral examination and a written work.
Online resources
The documents for the course will be available on Moodle.
Des éléments de bibliographie seront présentés aux étudiants durant le cours. Le reste du matériel se trouvera sur la plateforme Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Certificat universitaire en langue, littérature et civilisation latines

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics