GREEK 636 - Paleography and Textual Criticism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Greek (GREEK)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Greek is essential. This course is for graduate students, but advanced undergraduates may be admitted at the discretion of the instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will be on how we come to have our texts of ancient Greek literature, which were transmitted both in ancient manuscripts called papyri and by being copied and recopied down the centuries by monks. In this course we will learn to decipher ancient handwriting, from the oldest surviving European manuscript (the Derveni papyrus) down to the first printed books in the Renaissance. We will so far as is possible use original examples from the University's unique collections of papyri and of Medieval Greek manuscripts, dealing with a variety of subjects. We will also consider how manuscripts are corrected and edited.

Course Requirements:

Midterm, final, and involvement in class project of first ever transcription of an unidentified Byzantine treatise from a Michigan 14th-century manuscript.

Intended Audience:

Intended for advanced undergraduates and for graduate students.

Class Format:

Two meetings per week, in the Papyrology Room, 807 Hatcher Library, in which we will learn and practice how to decipher ancient and Medieval Greek manuscripts.

GREEK 636 - Paleography and Textual Criticism
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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