The Verona International Summer School in Medieval Manuscripts offers an intensive course in writing culture from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (415-1500). Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak, the 2020 edition is offered only via a digital platform (Moodle).
It provides an overview of the main elements of Latin palaeography, showing the evolution of letter forms and most common ab- breviation systems; the course consists of prac- tical exercises, reading and transcribing several different types of script. It is also open to stu- dents with some experience in Latin and Greek palaeography, who wish to refresh or improve their skills. Participants must have elementaryLatin in order to benefit from lectures; whenapplying, they should indicate whether they had any previous experience in palaeography.
This course will last for five days and lectureswill be both recorded and live streamed byexperts in their respective fields, working bothat Verona University, Culture & Civiltà Depart- ment, and at a wide range of other institutions. Subject areas include Latin, Gothic, Greek and Early Modern Italian palaeography, illumi- nated manuscripts, codicology, liturgical and
devotional manuscripts. Most of the morning lectures will be offered as pre-recorded talks, exploring the outstanding original Late Antique and Medieval writing materials preserved at the Biblioteca Capitolare, the «Queen of all Late Antique and Medieval Libraries», according to E.A. Lowe. In the afternoons, recorded lectures will take turns with live Zoom meetings hosted by our lecturers in order to:
– offer practical sessions on manuscripts and charters;
– get specific insights through topics discussedduring the morning sessions;
– answer attendees questions.
The course also provides training for historians, archaeologists and textual scholars in the discipline of reading and interpreting medie-val graffiti and epigraphic evidence, analysed in their original context. The importance ofunderstanding graffiti and inscriptions withintheir archaeological and topographical contexts will be explored during virtual site visits to S. Giorgio/S. Elena, S. Zeno and S. Maria in Stelle. These virtual visits will be led by experts in Medieval Archaeology, Art and Architecture History.
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