Latin Paleography and Codicology

Subject 106-467 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, 6.5 additional hours/week.

37.5 points of second/third year English and/or the completion of introductory classical or medieval Latin (or the equivalent as approved by the coordinator) for third year, admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in English for fourth year.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Bernard James Muir


Bernard Muir

Subject Overview:

Students taking this subject will study textual criticism; the elements of codicology and paleography; and examples of the major European bookhands in the Middle Ages. They will complete exercises in transcription and learn to implement their new editorial skills by preparing a rudimentary edition of a manuscript sample.

  • have been introduced to the major bookhands of Europe during the Middle Ages;
  • have studied the medieval abbreviation system;
  • be familiar with the principles of textual criticism;
  • be able to write a codicological analysis of a manuscript.

An essay of 2500 words 70% (due at the end of semester) and weekly transcriptions of 2500 words 30%. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Textual Scholarship: An Introduction (D C Greetham), Garland 1994
  • Ductus (B J Muir), Melbourne 2000
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply new research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;

  • be able to apply research skills (especially in library and online resources) and critical methods to traditional and emerging fields of inquiry;

  • be able to read in detail a range of texts in different media;

  • be able to contrast traditional and contemporary forms of knowledge about the past.


Formerly available as 106-123. Students who have completed 106-123 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject may be included in a major in classics or classical studies and archaeology.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval && Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies and Archaeology
Classical Studies and Archaeology
English Language Studies
Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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