This course provides an introduction to the intricacies of the Berkeley library, its collections, and catalogue; an introduction to basic electronic resources for research; a survey of basic bibliography of classical studies and bibliographic skills required in graduate study; a history of Greek and Latin writing, books, and textual transmission, including the study of inscriptions and papyri and Greek and Latin palaeography; and an introduction to recension and editorial technique; time permitting, there may be introductory segments on topics such as material culture and linguistics. Guest lecturers present some of the topics.
Required work includes transcription and collation exercises and other introductory and bibliographic exercises on a variety of topics, short oral presentation(s), and a written research paper on an appropriate topic. Grade will be based on the exercises and the paper.
In order to receive an introduction to the library and to computer resources, all new graduate students are encouraged to attend the first sessions of this course even if they do not intend to take the whole course. AHMA students are likewise welcome.