Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorSymeon Paschalidis
Course ID60005160

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID

Class Schedule

FloorFloor 3
HallΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ B (99)
CalendarThursdsay 19:00 to 21:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims to present the fundamental issues concerning the field of Greek palaeography and epigraphy. It examines the ancient writing systems that led to the Greek alphabet and presents the rough and processed writing materials. It refers mainly to papyrus, parchment and paper, as well as to the shapes that these materials were formed into with their use as means of preserving written text (scrolls, codices etc). It also offers a detailed account of the majuscule script (upper-case letters) throughout its various periods, as well as the minuscule script (lower-case letters) that prevails from the 9th century onwards. Finally, it elaborates on the issues concerning the copying and reading of the manuscripts. The modules are accompanied by reading exercises, with texts from selected manuscript tables from all periods. 1. Introduction to the field of palaeography and its branches. 2. Ancient writing systems and the Greek alphabet. 3. Rough and processed materials and means of writing. 4. Ancient inscriptions and their script. The types of the manuscripts. 5. The majuscule script from the 2nd to the 6th centuries: General features, Bacchylidian and Roman majuscule, Biblical majuscule. 6. The majuscule script after the 6th century: Alexandrian or coptic majuscule, upright and oblique vertical, liturgical rounded script. 7. Cursive writing. 8. The beginnings of the minuscule script: from its definition in the 9th c. to the middle of the 10th c. 9. Types of minuscule script: pearl script, Fettaugenmode, script of Southern Italy, of the Monastery of Hodegon and others. 10. Scribes and handwriting during the late and post-Byzantine periods. 11. Copying issues: the scribe, the copying procedure, dating - notes. 12. Reading a manuscript: punctuation, breathings and accents, numerals and cryptography. 13. Reading a manuscript: abbreviations and contractions, signs and symbols.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
[Κωδ. στον Εύδοξο: 43902]: Mioni Elpidiο, Εισαγωγή στην ελληνική παλαιογραφία, (μτφ. Ν. Παναγιωτάκης), Αθήνα 1994 [Κωδ. στον Εύδοξο: 17536]: Λίτσας Ευθύμιος, Σύντομη εισαγωγή στην ελληνική παλαιογραφία και κωδικολογία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2001
Additional bibliography for study
– E. G. Turner, Ελληνικοί πάπυροι-Εισαγωγή στη μελέτη και τη χρήση των παπυρικών κειμένων, Αθήνα 1981 – Β. Μανδηλαράς, Πάπυροι και Παπυρολογία, Αθήνα 1994 – Horst Blanck, Το βιβλίο στην αρχαιότητα, Αθήνα 1994 – L.D.Reynolds & N.G.Wilson, Αντιγραφείς και Φιλόλογοι, Αθήνα 1981 – E.K. Λίτσας κ.ά., Βιβλιογραφία ελληνικής παλαιογραφίας. Δημοσιεύματα Ελλήνων της 50ετίας 1951-2000, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003 – Στ. Πελεκανίδης – Π. Χρήστου κ.α., Οι Θησαυροί του Αγίου Όρους. Εικονογραφημένα χειρόγραφα, τ. Α-Δ, Αθήνα 1973-1991 – Γ. Παπάζογλου, Βυζαντινή βιβλιολογία. Εισαγωγή στην ελληνική παλαιογραφία και κωδικολογία, τ. Α-Β, Κομοτηνή 2009 – C.M. Briquet, Les filigranes. Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier dèsleur apparition vers 1282 jusqu’en 1600 , τ. 1-4, Paris 1907 (repr. Paris 1976) – E. Gamillscheg-D. Harlfinger, Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten, 800-1600, τ. 1-3 (Vienna, 1981-1997) – H. Hunger, Ο κόσμος του βυζαντινού βιβλίου. Γραφή και ανάγνωση στο Βυζάντιο (μτφ. Γ. Βασίλαρος), Αθήνα 1995 – P. Maas, Κριτική των κειμένων (μτφ.-σχόλια Ν. Χιονίδης) (Αθήνα, 1984) – Α. Σιγάλας, Ιστορία της ελληνικής γραφής [Βυζαντινά Κείμενα και Μελέται, 12] (Θεσσαλονίκη, 1974) – M.L. West, Κριτική των κειμένων και τεχνική των εκδόσεων (μτφ. Γ.Μ. Παράσογλου), Αθήνα 1989 – L. Perria, Oι Γραφές των Ελληνικών Χειρογράφων. Εισαγωγή στην ιστορία της ελληνικής βιβλιακής γραφής (4ος αιώνας π.Χ. - 16ος αιώνας μ.Χ.), (μτφρ.Ε. Λίτσας, Α. Τριάντου), Θεσσαλονίκη 2019 – Σ. Ανεζίρη (επιμ.), Ανθολόγιο: Επιλογή επιγραφών και παπύρων της ελληνιστικής και ρωμαϊκής περιόδου, Αθήνα 2018 – Eδ. Θομψωνος, Eγχειρίδιον ελληνικής και λατινικής παλαιογραφίας, κατά μετάφρασιν Σπυρίδωνος Λάμπρου, Aθήναι 1903 [και αναστατική έκδοση 1975]. – M. L. Agati, Il libro manoscrito. Introduzione alla codicologica, Roma 2003. – A. Giannouli & E. Schiffer (επιμ.), From manuscripts to books / Vom Codex zur Edition. Proceedings of the international workshop on textual criticism and editorial practice for byzantine texts (Vienna, 10-11 December 2009), Βιέννη 2011.
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