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20th International Colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine: Scribes and the P
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9/5/2017 to 9/9/2017
When: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Where: United States

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The 20th international colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine, hosted by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library with the support of the Institute of Sacred Music (both at Yale University), will explore how generations of scribes adapted the forms of writing to new texts, new audiences and new functions, across centuries and geographical locations.


The traditions and decisions of scribes in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance as to the best way of presenting different texts had a major influence on the development of books and documents as material, visual, intellectual and social artifacts. Their work can be interpreted as a constant quest for the optimal balance between modes of production and use, in the choice and preparation of materials, layout and decoration, scripts and orthography.


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