Friday, September 20, 2013

Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography

Highly Recommended (don’t let the fact that it is in Oxford put you off):

The fifth Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography will be held on 28 July-2 August 2014. The school offers a five-day introduction to the study of Greek manuscripts through ten reading classes, four library visits and five thematic lectures.

More details here. For a report from an earlier summer school see here.


  1. Thanks for the url.

    This seems enticing. However, perhaps you might be able to clear up some possible misunderstandings I have about this class in Oxford. When I think of "palæography" I think of the practice of finding out the dates of uncials (and I suppose minuscules too) by traits we see within the writing itself (writing device, ink type, orthography, etc). This class seems to be more of a "how to read old manuscripts" class. Please let me know if I'm mistaken.

    I doubt I'd be able to go anyway due to the cost involved. But, it would be nice to know what the class covers in more detail.

    Thanks for this post.

  2. Well, paleography basically means the study of ancient writing, so there are a lot of aspects that either come under that or are closely interrelated. I agree that this sounds like reading lots of old manuscripts. But that is surely also the best basis for considering questions of date etc.

  3. I know this is off topic, and I imagine many of you guys already know this, but Logos software just released a free downloadable electronic version of the Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis for use on smart phone. Pretty cool app.

  4. Well, it looks like it would be a lot of fun to go! Thanks for the notification.
    One has to learn how to read the old manuscripts too, which is very difficult with out lots of practice, before making determinations of date. They did mention that it was an introductory course.
    Maybe reading them out-loud as the ancients did would help with reading the scritpio continua?