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Law, Lexica and Libraries: Italy and Francia between the sixth and eleventh centuries (London, UCL, June 20-22, 2013)

Law, Lexica and Libraries: Italy and Francia between the sixth and eleventh centuries

A joint colloquium of the UCL Volterra and Festus projects

Dept of History, UCL, 20-22 June 2013

The projects:




Two AHRC-funded research projects have over the last decade formed a substantial part of the research of the Department of History, UCL, in the areas of antiquity and the early Middle Ages: the Projet Volterra, Law, Empire and after, AD 193-1076; and the Lexicon of Festus.  Among the aims of the first is to promote the study of Roman law and its afterlife in a full social, political, legal and intellectual context, particularly by the analysis of the transmission of legal understanding; of the second to make the mass of information in the Lexicon available to researchers in a useable form, and to stimulate debate on Festus’ own work, on the antiquarian tradition from which he was drawing and on the subsequent history of the text.


As it has turned out, much of the achievement of both projects has been to show that the current scholarly consensus on large parts of the textual tradition of both bodies of material is mistaken; and it has become apparent that work on Festus in the Carolingian period forms an essential part of the story of the transmission of a knowledge of Roman law.  In particular, the Projet Volterra has identified what are probably fragments of the Codex Gregorianus and shown in the case of the Fragmenta Vallicelliana that the transmission of the Codex Justinianus is much more complicated than generally thought; and the Lexicon of Festus project has identified further material in the incunabula of the Epitome of Paul that probably derives from Festus and shown that the current view of the relationship between the apographs of the Farnese manuscript and the editio princeps is certainly wrong.


At the same time, research undertaken by Dr Gutierrez and Professor Calboli in Bologna and by Dr Boumis and Professor De Nonno in Rome has made major advances in renewing our understanding of the study of Festus in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries; and the debate started by the work of Charles Radding and Antonio Ciaralli on the history of Roman law in the Middle Ages shows no signs of subsiding, with crucial ongoing work by Wolfgang Kaiser.


We therefore propose to hold a joint Law, Empire and after and Lexicon of Festus colloquium from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 June 2013, on the theme ‘Law, Lexica and Libraries: Italy and Francia between the sixth and eleventh centuries’, with as a common theme the interconnectivity between people, libraries, and texts, in order to place the research conducted at UCL in a wider international context and to strengthen the comparative elements in the two projects.


For further information, please contact Dr Simon Corcoran:



This news is not strictly grammarians-related, but I hope it will be useful for many of us:

Maïeul, the person in charge of maintaining ledmac (the LaTex package for typesetting critical edition), has just realized a new package called “Eledmac“.

I have tested it yesterday and it is easier than the old ledmac (and amongst the new features there is one that resolves the issue of the the repetition of line numbers in the apparatus). The transition from ledmac to eledmac was smooth (you just have to change your preamble) and Maïeul is very keen on helping users and receiving feeedbacks.

I invite you all to check it out (and soon we will start to publish tutorials).


Educating the future generation

Educating the Future Generation: Teaching, Learning and Antiquity

A postgraduate conference at University College London,

Greek and Latin Department, Gordon House 106.

13–14 September 2012

Supported by the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, Classical Association and the Institute of Classical Studies.

This postgraduate-run, interdisciplinary conference will look at the role of education in antiquity. The transmission of values, knowledge, and skills is inherent in every culture throughout antiquity. The Greco-Roman world, in particular, dealt with this issue from very early on, developing different answers in different forms (e.g. asserting educational values in great epic poetry, theoretical discussions on pedagogic principles, the creation of a didactic genre, and the composition of hand-book and school-book texts). A variety of authors and texts (from Homer to Vergil, from Aristotle to Horace) engaged in and responded to the challenge of educating future generations. Theoretical discussions, as Quintilian attests, and practical works (such as the various Artes Grammaticae or Seneca Rhetor’s Declamationes) were composed especially to meet educational demands. Indeed, the concept of paideia and the institutions of Greco-Roman education often influenced and shaped the reception of ancient texts, contributing to the selection of the works we still read today: in other words, ancient education also played an important part in the training of the Western cultural élite from at least the age of the Renaissance.

This conference aims to explore different aspects of teaching and learning in the Greco-Roman world and to examine the multiple strategies practised in the education of future generations. The conference also hopes to analyse how education shaped the reception of classical texts in Antiquity and beyond, and how the ancient notions and practices of education were understood, portrayed, and received in post-Classical eras.

Thursday 13 September

9.30- 10.30: Registration and welcome.

PANEL 1: Grammarians


Julie Damaggio (Lyon 2): Beginning of teaching grammar in Ancient Rome

Jason O’Rorke (NUIG): Coming to terms with Priscian: the instruction of advanced grammatical terminology in the Institutiones Grammaticae.

Anna Zago (SNS): Quasi coram discipulis: Pompeius comments Donatus

PANEL 2: Commentaries


Antony Makrinos (UCL): Paraphrases and Homeric education in Byzantium: in search of Demosthenes Thrax.

Giulieta Cardigni (Buenos Aires): Didactic Features and Roman Identity in Macrobius’ Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis”

Frances Foster (KCL): Educating the Elite in Late Antiquity 


1.30-2.30 LUNCH

PANEL 3: Papyri and the reconstruction of teaching practices


Valentina Millozzi (Urbino): ‘A teacher’s hand-book from the Hellenistic Egypt (P.Cairo JE 62422): pedagogy and teaching practise.’

Maria Chiara Scappaticcio (Liége): ‘Fragmentary artes grammaticae – Latin grammatical texts on papyrus and the teaching of the language: towards a corpus’

Mark Winfield (KCL): ‘A business education in Ptolemaic Egypt or there is no Harvard on the Nile’

4.00-4.30 BREAK

Keynote Lecture:

4.30-6.00  Professor Eleanor Dickey

‘Naked from the knees up: what the colloquia of the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana tell us (and do not tell us) about language learning in antiquity’


Friday 14 September

Panel 4: Reception of classical education


Erica Baricci (Siena): ‘Reshit haLeqach or “the Hebrew Donatus”: Jewish reception of the Latin grammar manual’

Sabrina Colabella (Roma Tre): ‘Homo sum – About teaching Latin and Ancient Greek in upper school’

Marco Ricucci (Udine): ‘Dum docet discunt: Ørberg’s methodology at limelight of Stephen Krashen’s Theories’ 

11.00-11.30 BREAK


PANEL 5: Philosophy


Maria Giannaki (Paris): ‘The model of Aristotelian philosophy for education, comparison with the platonic philosophy’

Emanuele Pezzani (KCL): ‘Aristotle on music’

Barbara del Giovane (Firenze): ‘Haec nobis praecipere Attalum memini. Seneca’s Masters, between diatribe morality and rhetoric’

1.00-2.00 LUNCH

PANEL 6: Education in Literature


Gillian Granville Bentley (KCL): ‘Sex Education and Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe’

Beth Hartley (Exeter): ‘Ptolemy Chennus’ Novel Research for Scholarship’

Anna Lefteratou (Göttingen): ‘Nonnius’ on India: between pagan and Christian education’

PANEL 7: Literary Canons between theory and practice


Theodora Hadjmichael (UCL): ‘Greek Literary Canons and Education: the case of the nine lyric poets’

Beatrice da Vela (UCL): Terence school-reception: a case study for Latin Literary Canon.’

Gabriela Ryser (Göttingen):  ‘Pieriis pollet studiis: Claudian’s Education between Literary Culture and Religion’

5.00-5.45: Conclusions and final discussion.


A collection of the abstracts can be found at the conference’s blog:

To register follow this link or contact the organizers: Beatrice da Vela