Seminar on palaeography and editing Greek and/or Oriental texts

lglor2172  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on palaeography and editing Greek and/or Oriental texts
5.00 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2022-2023
This course addresses students with a good command of ancient Greek.
Main themes
The course includes the following topics:
  1. Introduction to codicology;
  2. Handwritten copy of ancient Greek texts and textual transmission issues;
  3. Ancient Greek writings;
  4. Practical training in reading ancient Greek manuscripts (reading exercices);
  5. Theoretical and practical training in editing ancient Greek texts.
Learning outcomes

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 ancient Greek manuscript, or to find the necessary assistance to read it;
  • to locate a written text within the history of ancient Greek 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 course is, by and large, consistent from year to year (main scripts, introduction to ecdotics, reading and editing exercises), but it may be more specifically devoted to a particular category of texts or to a particular type of writing.
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures (theoretical presentations) completed with practical exercises (reading and editing). In 2022-2023, its two parts (palaeography and text editing) are taught by different teachers.
Evaluation methods
The examination is oral and includes reading exercises, as well as questions about the theoretical presentations and articles intended to complete or clarify the lectures. Part of the exam may be replaced by a personal work, according to specific modalities to be decided with the students. The final grade is the arithmetical mean of both parts (palaeography and text editing). Successful completion of the examination requires a passing grade on both parts.
Other information
English-friendly course.
As far as circumstances will allow it, the course and the examination take place in praesentia.
Online resources
Course materials (bibliography, elements of theory, documentation) will be made available gradually on the Moodle course page.
Les reproductions de manuscrits nécessaires sont fournies au fur et à mesure; elles sont tirées des principales collections de fac-similés et des ressources disponibles en ligne. / The necessary manuscript reproductions are provided progressively; they are drawn from the major facsimile collections, as well as from online resources.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics