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Latin Paleography and Codicology

Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

With the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), and the University of Notre Dame, from 8 to 19 January 2018 the American Academy in Rome offers its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology. The curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. David T. Gura will teach the course and supervise manuscript research. This two-week intensive course will introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Western Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.

In collaboration with the Vatican Library and the University of Notre Dame Rome Gateway

Participants will develop mastery of abbreviation systems, the ability to identify, classify, localize, and date western book hands (ca. 1100–1500), and an understanding of the historical development and influence of Latin scripts. Western codicological principles and an introduction to analytical manuscript description will enable participants to interpret the manuscript as a complete object by utilizing physical properties such as collation, ruling patterns, decoration in parallel with the script.

A special feature of the course will be extensive library visits to the BAV, which enable participants to apply the skills and techniques from the seminars with medieval manuscripts in situ. Discussion sections will offer a chance for students to share their experiences in a group setting and discuss various problems and difficulties. The course will culminate in a final presentation in which students present the fruits of their research and field questions from the audience.

Two evening lectures by specialists will provide in depth supplementary content to particular aspects of the seminars.

2018 Dates

January 8–19, 2018

Application Deadline

May 30, 2017


David T. Gura, curator of ancient and medieval manuscripts, University of Notre Dame


Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of classics, patristics, and all branches of medieval studies are welcome. Prior and advanced knowledge of classical and medieval Latin is essential. The course will be conducted in English.


Tuition: €530 or $580


Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it. The below rates are for 2017, and may change slightly:

  • Shared twin room (without bathroom): €450 for 11 nights
  • Double room for single use (without bathroom): €900 for 11 nights
  • Double room for single use (with bathroom): €1340 for 11 nights
  • Single Room (without bathroom): €770 for 11 nights
  • Single room (with bathroom): €1159 for 11 nights

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application. Housing at the Academy is recommended as it makes participation easier and adds to the communal experience.


Meals are not included in the costs of the program. Meals can be purchased at the Academy (€15 ca for lunch and €27 ca for dinner). Meals may also be prepared in the AAR’s communal kitchens.

How to Apply

Applications should send a CV and a letter of intent specifying Latin language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology. Please send application and any queries about the course to


Deadline for tuition payments is September 30, 2017.

Paying in dollars

Send a check in dollars for the TUITION ONLY, made out to the American Academy, to:

American Academy in Rome
7 East 60 Street
New York, New York
10022-1001 USA

Paying in euros

Send a check in euros for the TUITION ONLY, made out to the American Academy in Rome, with an indication in memo line of “Latin Paleography and Codicology” to:

American Academy in Rome
Via Angelo Masina, 5 - 00153
Roma, Italia
Attention of Francesco Cagnizzi

Make a bank transfer to the  American Academy in Rome (Unicredit Bank IBAN IT 50 X 02008 05031 000400543095, BIC SWIFT CODE UNCRITM1015).

Provide us with your credit card details by phoning +39 06 5846426.

Once we have received all housing requests, accepted participants who have been granted housing at the Academy will be contacted by the institution to pay a housing deposit online via credit card.

Further information about the course can be obtained directly from the course director at