Greek Paleography and Codicology

Academic Programs - Greek Paleography and Codicology


With the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its second winter course in Greek Paleography and Codicology from January 9 to 20, 2017. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at BAV, Timothy Janz and András Németh, together with Niels Gaul of the University of Edinburgh, will teach the course and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Reading classes in small groups will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. A special feature of this course will be the extensive library visits at the Vatican Library, which will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. Seminars on the history of Greek script and on codicology will address theoretical and practical aspects of the study of Greek manuscripts, while discussion sessions will offer a chance to share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Paul Canart of the Vatican Library.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of classics, history, theology, religious studies, and Byzantine studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, your research topic, and your need for training in paleography and codicology.


January 9–20, 2017.

Application Deadline

May 15, 2016.


Tuition is €500 (approximately $544). The deadline for tuition payments is December 1, 2016.


Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it. A shared room with shared bathroom is €450–550 for two weeks. A single room with shared bathroom is €770 for two weeks. Room availability cannot be guaranteed online and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.


Meals can be purchased at the Academy (€15 for lunch, €27 for dinner). Meals are not included in the costs of the program.


Accepted participants should send a check for the tuition only, made out to the American Academy in Rome, with an indication in memo line of “Greek Paleography” to: American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY USA.

For payments in euro through the Rome Office:

  • Send a check made out to “American Academy in Rome” to the Rome address (Via Angelo Masina, 5 00153 Roma, Italia) to the attention of Francesco Cagnizzi
  • Make a bank transfer to the American Academy in Rome
  • Provide your credit card details by phoning +39 06 5846426

Once we have received all housing requests, accepted participants who have been granted housing at the Academy will be contacted by the institution to pay a housing deposit online via credit card.

Please send application materials to paleography [at]