Virtual Paleography Group


The Latin Reading Group has recently transformed into a Paleography reading group. We meet once every week via Zoom, right now on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. CET, and read and transcribe from a manuscript. Currently (Fall 2022) we are working on De Fonseca’s commentary on the De sensu, in an early modern cursive script (but this is somewhat unusual as our focus is mostly gothic book hand).

In earlier semesters we read from John Buridan’s commentary on the De memoria (in a 14th-century anglicana script); from the Life of St. Cuthbert by Bede (Carolingian script); and from an anonymous Vatican Lateran ms. (14th-century gothic book hand).

The paleography skills of the group participants occupy a big range, and everyone is welcome. It is easier than it looks like, and very easy to get used to it! If interested, please send me an email.

Vat Lat ms 985

In earlier semesters I had lead the CSC Latin Reading Group, where we read some of Augustine’s sermons, and earlier the Itinerarium Egeriae, the travel diary of a 4th-century Spanish pilgrim woman traveling to the Holy Land.

I also used to coordinate the Fordham Philosophy Latin Reading Group, a group of students and faculty whose primary interest is medieval philosophy.