Rome Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

2024 Dates: January 8–19, 2024


With the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), the University of Notre Dame offers its second Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology at its Rome Global Gateway. Co-sponsored by The Medieval Institute and Center for Italian Studies, this two-week intensive course will introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.

Participants will develop mastery of abbreviation systems, the ability to identify, classify, localize, and date western book hands (ca. 1100-1500), and an understanding of the historical development and influence of Latin scripts. Codicological principles and an introduction to analytical manuscript description will enable participants to interpret the manuscript as a complete object by utilizing physical properties such as collation, ruling patterns, and decoration in parallel with the script.

A special feature of the course will be extensive visits to the Vatican Library, which provide the opportunity for participants to apply the skills and techniques from the seminars with medieval manuscripts in situ. Discussion sections will offer a chance for students to share their experiences in a group setting and discuss various problems and difficulties. The course will culminate in a final presentation in which participants present the fruits of their research and field questions from an audience.

Evening lectures by specialists will provide in-depth supplementary content to particular aspects of the seminars.


The two-week course will take place in various sites in Roma and Città del Vaticano


Dr. David T. Gura, curator of Ancient of Medieval Manuscripts and concurrent professor of paleography, will teach the course and supervise manuscript research.


Applications from graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career faculty in Classics, Patristics, and all areas of Medieval Studies are welcome. Prior and advanced knowledge of Latin is essential. The course will be conducted in English. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of October 30, 2023.

Program Costs

The program fee is $1,000 (USD), which includes tuition, course materials, a welcome reception, five lunches at the ND Gateway sessions, and two dinners.


Participants will secure their own lodging in Rome during the Winter School. A list of participants and contact info will be shared in the case that participants may rent accommodations together to defray the cost (e.g., Airbnb, etc.).


All questions may be directed to Dr. David T. Gura, Curator, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, University of Notre Dame (