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Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography

From manuscript to printed book: Early Greek and Latin writings

A PG workshop on palaeography at the University of Warwick

Friday 4th March 2016, Renaissance Centre, Room H.4.50
Convenor: Dr. Caroline Petit, University of Warwick

In this workshop, you will hear about the history of writing and the evolution of script; learn to read some ancient Greek and Latin scripts taken from ancient papyri, medieval manuscripts and early printed books; and discover the wider implications of palaeography in historical and literary studies, through various specialised talks, some of which will be given by current/recent PhD students who are passionate about deciphering ancient scripts! The texts we will read and discuss include classical literary texts such as Menander and Lucretius’ works, Christian texts and medieval British documents. You don’t need to be an expert in Greek or Latin to join in! Any level of Greek or Latin welcome.

Morning session: Greek manuscripts, from papyri to the invention of print

9.30 introduction (Dr. Caroline Petit, Classics).

9:45-11:00 Dr. Caroline Petit (Warwick). Introduction to Greek Palaeography, followed by a seminar on the Bodmer papyrus of Menander’s Dyscolos
(P. Bodmer IV). 


11:15-12:15 Dr. Rocco Di Dio (Warwick). Reading Greek in the Renaissance: Angelus Vergetius and the new Greek printing characters

12:15-13:15  Dr. Máté Vince (Warwick). From Scribbles to Critical Editions 

13:15-14:00 Lunch 

Afternoon session: Latin manuscripts in ancient and medieval culture

14:00-15:15 Dr. Caroline Petit (Warwick). Introduction to Latin Palaeography: with a seminar on Lucretius’ early manuscripts

15:15-16:00 Colleen Curran (KCL): ‘Palaeography: What’s the Punctus?’

16:00-16:45 Rosalind McLachlan (ITSEE, Birmingham): ‘Editing the New Testament in a Digital World’


Places are limited, therefore registration is essential. The cost of this one-day workshop is £10, which includes lunch and refreshments. You may attend either the Greek or the Latin session, but the fee is the same. To register, please complete the form available at top right of this page.

Online Conference Registration now open. Most major credit/debit cards are accepted

Registration closes at 6pm (GMT) on Sunday 28th February 2016, or when capacity numbers are reached

Terms and Conditions(PDF Document) (these are important, so do please read)

Downloadable Timetable

Abstracts and Speaker Biographies


Venice manuscript, Marcianus App. cl. V, 12

This event is generously supported by Warwick's Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence (CADRE)