The Book: Scrolls in the Age of the Book - Harvard University



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Examine Medieval scrolls in detail, and gain an understanding of their uses and historical significance.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Wo und wann

Beginn Lage
Freie Auswahl

Was lernen Sie in diesem Kurs?

European Middle Ages


This course is an introduction to the making and use of scrolls in the European Middle Ages. The codex, with its portability and instant access to any place in the text, became the dominant container for writing after the 4th century BCE, but scrolls continued to be made. Why and how did the scroll format remain popular and relevant in the age of the codex? This course proposes four main reasons, which 

account for essentially every kind of scroll that still exists today. We will see and examine in detail a number of beautiful objects, and come to understand the thinking of those who chose the scroll format for their texts.

This module features four main units, each of which is based on one of the reasons for scroll-making:

  1. Scrolls of indeterminate length
  2. Scrolls in long format
  3. Ceremonial and archaizing scrolls
  4. Portable scrolls

Scrolls in the Age of the Book also features a guided tour of an exhibition on Harvard University’s collection of medieval scrolls, held at Houghton Library, Harvard’s special collections library, in Spring 2014. Each scroll featured in the exhibit has been fully digitized by Harvard’s Preservation Services division, and participants will have the opportunity to interact with them in unprecedented fashion using Mirador, a state-of-the-art web application developed by Harvard and Stanford Universities.

This is a module in the series The Book: Histories Across Time and Space.

What you'll learn

  • How and why scrolls were created in the Middle Ages
  • How scrolls are made, and how they are used
  • Differences between scrolls and codices
  • Various types of layouts and uses for scrolls
  • Various types of scroll decoration

Zusätzliche Informationen

Thomas Forrest Kelly Tom Kelly is the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University. Professor Kelly received his B.A. from Chapel Hill; spent two years on a Fulbright in France studying musicology, chant, and organ. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard (1973) with a dissertation on office tropes. He has taught at Wellesley, Smith, Amherst, and at Oberlin, where he directed the Historical Performance Program and served as acting Dean of the Conservatory. He was named a Harvard College Professor in 2000 and the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music in 2001.  Timothy M. Baker Timothy M. Baker studies medieval religious history and manuscript traditions, with a paritcular emphasis on high medieval monastic theology and exegesis.