The Catholic University of America

Summer Paleography Course 2013


In Summer 2013, the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Department of Greek and Latin will offer LATIN 534: Latin Paleography, a three-credit-hour course open to graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and others with sufficient background in Latin.

Course description:  LATIN 534 is an intensive introduction to the study of Latin scripts from classical antiquity to the early Renaissance.  Designed to provide enrollees with the skills necessary to begin to make use of Latin manuscripts in their research, this course will focus on practical exercises in identifying and transcribing the various scripts, with a strong emphasis on the Latin bookhands of the Gothic period (A.D. 1200−1500). LATIN 534 will be of interest to students whose studies are centered in or touch upon the Middle Ages and who wish to work with unpublished Latin materials of the medieval period. It may also be considered an essential first course for those who propose to undertake research in unpublished Latin sources in libraries and archives and to prepare technical descriptions of Latin manuscripts and editions of Medieval Latin texts or documents.  No prior knowledge of paleography is required or expected.

Dates:  May 20−June 29, 2013, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 6:30−9:10 p.m.

Instructor:  Prof. Frank Mantello (, Department of Greek and Latin, CUA.

CARA/CUA Tuition Scholarships: The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) of the Medieval Academy of America will provide two scholarships that, when supplemented by scholarship funds provided by CUA, will together cover all tuition expenses for two graduate students. Scholarship applicants must be student members of the Medieval Academy, and recipients are responsible for all room and board costs and any additional fees charged by the University (for these fees, please visit For information about joining the Medieval Academy, please visit To apply for one of the CARA/CUA scholarships, applicants should (1) send a resumé/curriculum vitae and brief personal statement that outlines their research interests, background in Latin and medieval studies, and the importance of this summer paleography course for their program, and (2) arrange to send separately a complete academic transcript and two letters of recommendation to this address:

CARA/CUA Summer Scholarships
Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064

The deadline for receipt of these materials is April 22, 2013.

For further information (incl. prerequisites, enrollment procedure, housing options, etc.) please see HERE for a printable PDF or consult the online announcement of the Department of Greek and Latin.