IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1219: 'Ruling' the Script, II: 'Sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura'?

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:APICES - Association paléographique internationale: Culture, Écriture, Société / Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (CNRS), Paris
Organiser:Georg Vogeler, Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung in den Geisteswissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Moderator/Chair:Dominique Stutzmann, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Paper 1219-a'Et hec scripsi manu mea propria': Known and Unknown Autographs of Emperor Charles IV as Testimony of Self Image and Intellectual Profile
(Language: English)
Martin Bauch, Institut für Geschichte, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1219-cEarly Medieval Coin Inscriptions from a Graphic and Symbolic Viewpoint: Legibility, Aesthetics, and Power
(Language: English)
Florence Codine, Département des Monnaies et Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Index terms: Epigraphy, Numismatics

Medieval writing, as part of the interpersonal communication process, had to follow rules that ensure the legibility and convey the meaning of a text. What happen when the text only fulfils a religious or a political function and when the form and representation are more important than the written word? If the sign in itself matters, which variation and which liberty can be taken with formal rules? This session explores letters on sacred artefacts (M. Bauch), sacred letters and alphabet shapes in the Western Roman and Byzantine Empires (P. Orsini) and medieval coin inscriptions (F. Codine),