Summer Courses and Faculty

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The descriptions below apply to Summer 2017. Please check back in Spring 2018 for Summer 2018 offerings.


The Medieval Institute will offer Medieval Latin (open to undergraduate and graduate students) and Diplomatics (open only to graduate students) in Summer 2017. Enrollment and detailed information is available at the Summer Session web site.

If you have questions about the course, contact the instructor (information below); for more general questions, contact the Medieval Institute: email or call 574-631-8304.

Online registration for summer classes begins March 22. Go to for information about summer programs at the University of Notre Dame.


MI 40004/60004 Medieval Latin
Taught by Dr. David T. Gura, Curator of Ancient & Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame.

This course is designed for students already proficient in Classical Latin to develop the ability to read and comprehend Medieval Latin prose and poetry. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the morphological, grammatical, and orthographic forms used in Medieval Latin. Students will also augment and supplement their Classical Latin vocabulary with late antique and medieval words and idioms. Through reading a selection of texts from the fourth through fifteenth century, students will acquire advanced translation skills to render Latin prose and poetry into smooth, readable English.

NB: Students who take Medieval Latin for credit are eligible to compete for the Medieval Academy of America’s CARA (Centers and Regional Associations) scholarships, which provide full tuition for either course. Visit for application details and eligibility information.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory and recent completion of Elementary and Intermediate Classical Latin. This is NOT an introductory Latin course. Students are expected to be familiar with Latin grammar, vocabulary, and to have read beyond the introductory level in previous course work.

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MI 60022 Diplomatics: The Science of Reading Medieval Documents
Taught by Reverend Canon Doctor Federico Gallo, Director of the Ambrosiana Library and of its Department of Classics (Classe di Studi Greci e Latini dell'Accademia Ambrosiana).

One of the most fascinating disciplines in Medieval Studies is Diplomatics. Though loosely connected with “diplomacy” through its Greek root diploma, the scholarly discipline of Diplomatics is in fact the science of reading medieval documents. Such documents, which include decrees, letters, and charters, are composed in Latin on parchment or paper (rarely, papyrus) and are written in specific formats by a chancery or notary. The discipline began in the seventeenth century in continental Europe in connection with paleography (though in the English-speaking world it has come to signify a history of British chanceries). This course presents the multifaceted Continental tradition of the discipline, including work on public and private documents, external and internal characteristics, chronology, seals, tradition, conservation, research, and Papal Diplomatics. Coursework will consist both of theoretical lessons and of practical exercises of reading and interpreting.

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