Teaching Greek in eleventh-century Byzantium. Schedography and its methods

Teaching Greek in Eleventh-Century Byzantium. Schedography and Its Methods
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2022 - 2025 (ongoing)
Department of Linguistics
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Schedography is a Byzantine method of teaching Greek grammar, especially orthography and syntax. This method was used for more than five hundred years, from the eleventh century to the early modern period, and it massively impacted on Medieval Greek writing practices. Nevertheless, it is not easily appreciated as no grammatical rule nor any reference to the historical context are explicitly provided within the available sources.

TeaGre tackles this issue by focusing on the early evolution of schedography during the eleventh century. The project’s main outputs will be: 1) a new digital edition of eleventh-century schedographic sources; 2) the elaboration of a consistent linguistic and stylistic approach for their appraisal.

The simultaneous presence of the ERC-funded projects MELA and EVWRIT at Ghent University places TeaGre within a context of substantial and innovative research on Classical, Late Antique, and Medieval Greek language and education. More concretely, the digital edition of eleventh-century schedographic sources will be related to the developing UGent databases for the Greek Language.