Forging human relationships to rediscover ancient words

Vito Domenico Palumbo's manuscripts (late 19th century) preserving the very first transcriptions of Greek-Salentine texts.

The path of research is often windy. Ten years ago, on a rainy day, I jumped on a car and set out to carry out a field survey in some municipalities of the Greek minority of Salento (Grecìa Salentina, Southern Apulia). I wanted to see if the surviving literature preserved orally bore any trace of… Continue reading Forging human relationships to rediscover ancient words

Incredible how you can / See right through me

LaMeDan at work on the palimpsest XL (38).

As you may already know from the post titled “A series of unpredictable events”, the Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona, the oldest library still operating in the Western world, houses a significant number of palimpsests – i.e. manuscripts whose first layer of writing was scraped to allow their reuse – some in Latin, others in Greek.… Continue reading Incredible how you can / See right through me

A remote past still alive

La Región: diario independiente, de intereses generales, de noticias y avisos: Año 54 Número 16707 - 1963 septiembre 29 (Galiciana database)

In an early medieval visionary text, The Journey of Trecenzonius (10th century), the narrator describes how he wanders along a remote and deserted region at the end of the known world, Gallaecia. After the Muslim conquest, everything has been destroyed, but the old Roman lighthouse of Brigantium still stands. He goes to the top, where… Continue reading A remote past still alive

Don’t judge a book by its cover… or maybe do?

Cover of Ciceronianvm Lexicon Græcolatinum, Paris 1557: In the picture on the left, a fragment can be seen with the naked eye under the layer of paper, inside the back cover of the volume. The scan on the right makes it readable.

Spring 1969. A special delivery comes to Odense from Naevsted, a town of medieval origins southeast of Zealand. 40000 books formerly in the possession of Herlusfholm, a four-century old boarding school, are unloaded at the newly founded Syddansk Universitet, which had just welcomed the first students two years before. A treasure trove, which would become… Continue reading Don’t judge a book by its cover… or maybe do?

Why AntCom

Alternative receptions (photo: Aglae Pizzone)

This is AntBlog, a place where whoever involved in the Doctoral Network “From Antiquity to Community” can share experiences, excitement, successes and – that too – frustrations and failures from within the project. A more personal spin on a four-year ride through manuscripts, languages, archives, monuments, stories from the past and training for the future:… Continue reading Why AntCom