GK 180K • Proseminar
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
In a fifteen meeting one hour course on text criticism and palaeography, the problem is thinking which fifteen topics would be the most significant to touch on! In this course we learn something of texts and transmission of the classics both Greek and Latin (opening lectures), read reserve books and manuals and do exercises designed to familiarize us with the layers of script, uncial, minuscule and other in Greek and Latin, and the errors each kind can generate; how to decipher ligatured scripts; the problems of editing a new and unknown text (with the teacher illustrating his experience with the Herculaneum papyri--but NOT overemphasizing it--it's just one of the fifteen topics); and the history of classical scholarship, of the improvements and damages to the text by the successors since the invention of printing of the ancient scribes, with their ideas about conjecture, editing conventions, and stemmatizing. No text is assigned, because we will do reserve reading (class reports when possible) and work from copies, examples and reference room texts.
An introduction to the research methodology and the ancillary disciplines used in current classical studies, or to certain disciplines such as meter, textual criticism.
No Text Required.