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Greek Palaeography (GREE10032)







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Visiting Students must have advanced-level ability in Greek language and literature, equivalent to two years' study at the University of Edinburgh. We will only accept University-level courses. Enrolment is at the discretion of the Course Organiser and all enrolments must be requested via the Visiting Student Office in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Greek courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year Greek course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Greek/Classics department directly to request additional spaces. Students cannot take this course alongside Greek 1A GREE08003, Greek 1B GREE08004, Greek 2A GREE08007 or Greek 2A Ex-Beginners GREE08009.

Course Summary

Manuscripts matter: for classical philologists, medieval manuscripts remain the primary source upon which the study of ancient literature is ultimately based. In particular, successful and objective textual criticism of classical Greek texts requires a correct evaluation of the work of Byzantine scholars and of the interpolation and corruption which may be found in each individual manuscript. This in turn requires an intimate knowledge of the historical and cultural context in which the Byzantine scribes and scholars worked.

Course Description

For Byzantinists, medieval Greek manuscripts, besides carrying texts from the Byzantine millennium as well as from the classical period, remain a privileged key for deciphering the cultural world inextricably and complexly linked to Byzantine literary production. Manuscripts have only just begun to be exploited systematically for prosopographical, network, and cultural poetic studies. Over the twelve weeks of term, this class shall traverse the world of Greek handwriting from c.300 to c.1500, taking the surviving fourth-century codices of the Bible as its starting point and concluding with early prints in Greek manufactured at the workshop of Aldo Manuzio in Venice.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 30%, Coursework 45%, Practical Exam 25%

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