New Publication: Pecia 20 (2017)

“The Ovidian Allegorical Schoolbook: Arnulf of Orléans and John of Garland Take Over a Thirteenth Century Manuscript,” Pecia (2017): 7-43 is now available online:

The article is focuses on the commentary tradition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the twelfth and thirteenth century. A paleographical, codicological, and textual exploration of a thirteenth-century schoolbook (Wolfenbüttel Herzog August Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf. 13.10 Aug. 4o) places the manuscript at the center of a paratextual web which portrays a vivid snapshot the accretion, modification, and composition process of glossing and allegorical commentary. This manuscript nexus includes commentaries on other authors and texts which link HAB, 13.10 Aug. 4o to six other manuscripts (s. XII through s. XIV).

The study brings to the fore new Latin texts which are critically edited for the first time: five unknown accessus and a short catena commentary. A new Ovidian commentator active in France c. 1275 is also identified.

The article also includes analytical descriptions of the following manuscripts: Wolfenbüttel Herzog August Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf. 13.10 Aug. 4o; Frankfurt-am-Main, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek, lat. qu. 21; London, BL, Add. 10090; Montpelier, Bibliothèque Universitaire de Médecine, H 328; Paris, BnF, lat. 8207 and lat. 8253; and Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, 4o 34.

Medieval Metamorphoses @ the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome

Medieval Metamorphoses: A Workshop on Ovid and Medieval Commentary Culture.

20-22 March 2019 at the Svenska Institutet I Rom:


Wednesday 20 March

14:00: Opening remarks

Session 1: 14:00-16:00

  Frank T. Coulson, “Cataloguing the Manuscripts of Latin Commentaries on theMetamorphoses: Problems and Pespectives”

 Robin Böckerman, “The Metamorphoses and the Twelfth Century”

 David T. Gura, “The Auctor iste Commentator and Ovid's Metamorphoses”


Session 2: 16:30-18:30

  Marek Thue Kretschmer, “Explanations of the Theban Narrative in the Ovide moralisé and the Ovidius moralizatus”

  Pablo Piqueras Yagüe, “The Order of the Fables in the Ovidius moralizatus”

  Irene Salvo Garcia, “Commentary Tradition and Cultural Heritage: the Classical Past in Vernacular Languages”


Thursday 21 March

Session 3: 10:00-12:00

  Margareta Fredborg, “Ovidian Quotations in Twelfth-Century Horatian Commentaries”

Lisa Ciccone, “Reading the auctores to Become a Poet: the Role of Fourteenth-Century Commentaries on Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Horace’s Ars poetica”

  William Little, “What Commentaries on the Epistula Sapphus Tell Us About Humanist Attitudes Toward Ovid and Sappho


Session 4: 14:00-16:00

  Eric Cullhed, “Beauty in Homeric Exegesis”

  Pádraic Moran, “Glossing Ovid in Ninth-Century Irish and Welsh Manuscripts”

  Marjorie Curry Woods, “Owning Earlier Literatures”

16:30-18:00: Panel discussion 1: Research update


Friday 22 March

10:00-11:00: Text seminar 1: “Quidam philosophi fuerunt: Ovid and Philosophical Explanations in the Commentaries”

11:00-12:00: Panel discussion 2: Editorial challenges: a micro workshop LUNCH

13:00-14:00: Text seminar 2: Marjorie Curry Woods, “Evidence of performance in the Medieval Classroom: A Discussion of ‘Boys Performing Girls (and Men)’”

14:00-15:00: Panel discussion 3: Strategies for the future 15:00 Concluding remarks


Robin Wahlsten Böckerman, Stockholm University/University of Southern Denmark
Lisa Ciccone, University of Zurich
Frank T. Coulson, The Ohio State Unversity
Eric Cullhed, Uppsala University
Margareta Fredborg, Copenhagen
Irene Salvo Garcia, University of Southern Denmark
David T. Gura, University of Notre Dame
Marek Thue Kretschmer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
William Little, The Ohio State University
Pádraic Moran, National University of Ireland, Galway
Marjorie Curry Woods, The University of Texas at Austin
Pablo Piqueras Yagüe, Universidad de Murcia

Organiser: Robin Wahlsten Böckerman, Stockholm University/University of Southern Denmark For more information contact the organiser at rwb [at] su [dot] se.

Sessions 1-4 are open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please notify the organiser": rwb [at] su [dot] se.

Latin Paleography Spring 2019

Latin Paleography is now scheduled for Spring Semester 2019!

The course is available through the Medieval Institute and cross-listed with Department of Classics. It will be of great interested to graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in all facets of Medieval Studies, Classics and Classical Reception, and Early Christian Studies. 

Course Description: The course is an intensive survey of Latin scripts from antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Students will be able to accurately read and transcribe Latin scripts, expand systems of abbreviation, identify, date, and localize (when possible) different hands, and defend their interpretations. There will be a strong emphasis on the different varieties of Gothic script (textualis, cursiva, hybrida, etc.). Once the class reaches the twelfth century, students will work extensively with Notre Dame¹s medieval collection of over 300 manuscripts and fragments. Aspects of practical applications and textual criticism will be addressed at the end of the course.  Proficiency in Latin is required.