|When the Roman Empire collapsed in the early fifth century under uncontrollable external pressure there was a very real possibility that the Classical literary tradition would also come to an abrupt end.
Held over four consecutive weeks, this series of object-based seminars and lectures focuses on the sometimes miraculous survivals of the works of the major Roman authors, their preservation in the early Middle Ages, their rediscovery by the great ‘manuscript hunters’ of the Renaissance, and their proliferation and dissemination in the Age of Print. It concludes with a demonstration of how digital technology is today being used to refashion our understanding of the nature of a text and the concept of the book now and into the future.
Thursday, 24 August - Fully booked
From the beginning: Antique papyri to medieval manuscripts
Thursday, 31 August - Fully booked
Materials, techniques and preservation
Thursday, 7 September
Rediscoveries, continuities and transformations
Thursday, 14 September
Digital analysis and transmissions
To view the detailed series program, including session abstracts, please download the series flyer.
Professor Bernard Muir has taught medieval studies at The University of Melbourne for the past 35 years; his principal field is Anglo-Saxon Studies. He also offers specialist training in paleography and codicology, and the transition from manuscript culture to the age of print. He has produced digital facsimile editions of the two earliest surviving anthologies of Old English poetry and in 2000 established the “Bodleian Digital Texts Series” at Oxford University. He currently teaches the art of the book from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.
Dr Andrew Turner teaches Latin in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. His research has focused increasingly on the use of digital images in the study of classical Latin texts. In 2011, together with Professor Bernard Muir, he produced a digital edition of a famous manuscript of the Roman playwright Terence from the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Andrew has also worked in Belgium and Italy on manuscripts of Terence and the Roman historian Sallust.
Session pass: $55*/ $65
Series pass: $200*/$240
*University of Melbourne alumni, staff and students
Image: Fragment from St. Pauls Epistle, with Illuminated “P” (detail) (n.d.) Red, orange, blue, and sepia ink on vellum, 13.8 x 9.8 cm
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased by the Department of Classics, 1975.0110
Image courtesy of The Ian Potter Museum of Art