The aim of the course is to provide the tools and skills needed to understand the historical development of handwriting in Latin characters and to read the most common scripts used in the Italian peninsula. The course will also provide an overview of the tools, materials and techniques of handwriting.
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18152 STORIA DELLA SCRITTURA in Humanities L-10 CARDARELLI Francesco maria
The terminology and periodization of palaeography. The palaeographic transcription. The subjects, tools and techniques of the manuscript book. The origins of Latin writing and the archaic Latin alphabet. The scripts of Roman Age and Late Antiquity: the Epigraphical Capital, the Old Roman Cursive, the Roman Book Capital, the Minuscule and the New Roman Cursive, the Uncial, the Semi-Uncial, the Chanceries scripts. The abbreviations of the Roman and Medieval Ages; the “Nomina Sacra”. The scripts of graphic particularism in the Early Middle Ages the Insular scripts, the Merovingian minuscule, the Visigothic, the Beneventan script, the high medieval Italian scripts, the Papal Curial (Chancery) script. Caroline minuscule and the return the unity of writing in the High Middle Age; Diplomatic minuscule, “Romanesca” minuscule and Transition minuscule. The “littera textualis” (Gothic minuscule): the Italian Gothic “Rotunda”, the “littera Bononiensis” and the “littera Parisiensis”. The other scripts during the Late Middle Ages: the “Cancelleresca” minuscule, the Merchant script, the Bastard. The reaction to Gothic writing and the scripts of Humanism and Renaissance: Francesco Petrarca and the Semi-gothic, Coluccio Salutati and the “Pre-antiqua”, Poggio Bracciolini and the “Antiqua” or Humanistic minuscule, the Semi-gothic cursive scripts (“Semigotiche delle carte”), Niccolò Niccoli and the Humanistic cursive, the Humanistic Epigraphical Capital. Handwriting in Italy after the invention and diffusion of printing: “Antiqua tonda” and “Italica”.
- Armando Petrucci, “Breve storia della scrittura latina”, Roma, Bagatto Libri, 1992. - Paolo Cherubini, “La scrittura latina: storia, forme, usi”, Roma, Carocci Editore, 2019. - Lecture notes and palaeography tables distributed during lessons and exercises. The tables are taken from: “Paleografia latina. Tavole”, edited by Paolo Cherubini, Alessandro Pratesi, Città del Vaticano, Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica, 2004.
Dates of beginning and end of teaching activities
From 21/02/2022 to 01/06/2021
Objectives of the course
Università degli Studi della Tuscia - Rettorato, Via S.M. in Gradi n.4, 01100 Viterbo, ITALY - Tel. 0761.3571