Medieval Latin

Medieval Latin at Chicago

The University of Chicago has a long tradition in Medieval Studies. Medieval Latin Studies date from the Department’s beginnings in the person of Charles H. Beeson, a student of Ludwig Traube (Munich). The Regenstein Library has particularly rich and deep holdings for medieval literary and manuscript studies, with a special area of the Classics Reading Room devoted to them and noteworthy holdings in Special Collections. Students, including undergraduates, have regularly prepared for and conducted manuscript research in places like Paris, Munich, and the Vatican.


Classics Faculty:

  • Michael I. Allen works on Carolingian manuscripts, book culture, and shorthand. He has edited the Histories (ca. A.D. 830) of Frechulf of Lisieux in two volumes: one of critical text, the other mapping the sources, mansucripts, and influences of the work. He is now finishing a new account of the letters of the Carolingian Humanist, Lupus of Ferrières.

Associated Faculty:

  • C. Stephen Jaeger (Professor Emeritus of German and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an expert on twelfth-century letters and literary culture.

Students interested in Medieval and Later Latin topics regularly interact with faculty from across the University, including Willemien Otten (Divinity), Rachel Fulton-Brown (History), and Richard H. Helmholz (Law).


Courses regularly include:

  • Latin Palaeography (Organic History of Latin Scripts)
  • Medival Latin Literature (Survey of Genres and Writings)
  • The Medieval Book

Various courses on topics and authors are taught in Classics, Divinity, and History.