Greek Paleography and textual criticism

Course Information
TitleΠαλαιογραφία και κριτική κειμένων / Greek Paleography and textual criticism
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAnna Koltsiou-Nikita
Course ID60000840

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After completing the lectures students will be able to: - report the history of the manuscript tradition of texts. - name the reasons that explain the text differences. - practice reading manuscripts - explain the methodology and mechanisms of a critical edition/publication.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
Course Content (Syllabus)
The first section studies the ways of the manuscript tradition of the texts of national and Christian literature until the invention of printing: writing materials, history and evolution of Greek writing, book forms, means of dating (chronology) of manuscripts, autographs, palimpsests manuscripts, copying workshops, scribe errors, catalogs of manuscripts, digitization. The second section consists of an exercise on the reading of manuscripts with representative writing samples (abbreviations, notes, etc). In the third section the methodology and the basic principles of a critical edition/publication are presented.
Paleography, manuscript tradition, textual critic, critical edition/publication, evolution of writing, reading of manuscripts.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Projection of digitized manuscripts. Use of Power Point
Course Organization
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
Assigned essays requiring reading of a text from manuscripts and comparing the resulting text to the respective text in an existing critical edition/publication. Oral presentation of the assigned work in the duration of the course. Students who do not wish to take on any essays take written exams in study material set by the relevant textbooks.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ed. Mioni, Εισαγωγή στην Ελληνική Παλαιογραφία (μετάφρ. Ν.Μ. Παναγιωτάκη), εκδόσεις M.I.E.T., Αθήνα 1977. Κέμενο 1. L. D.Reynolds L.D. - Wilson L.D., Αντιγραφείς και φιλόλογοι. Το ιστορικό της παράδοσης των κλασικών κειμένων (μετάφρ. Ν. Μ. Παναγιωτάκη), εκδόσεις M.I.E.T., Αθήνα 1981
Additional bibliography for study
B. L. Ullman, Ancient Writing and Its Influence, Longmans: Green, 1932 E. G. Turner, Ελληνικοί πάπυροι-Εισαγωγή στη μελέτη και τη χρήση των παπυρικών κειμένων, Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ 1981 Β. Μανδηλαράς, Πάπυροι και Παπυρολογία, Αθήνα 1994 (2η έκδοση) Heinz-Gunther Nesselrath, Εισαγωγή στην Αρχαιογνωσία-Τόμος Α', Αθήνα: Παπαδήμας 1997 Horst Blanck, Το βιβλίο στην αρχαιότητα, Αθήνα: Παπαδήμας 1994 Paul Harvey, The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, Clarendon Press 1937
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