A range of different resources were used by Latin scholars in the 8th and 9th centuries to learn Greek. Examples of some of these resources can be seen in Harley 5642, written around 900 CE. In addition to simple dialogues and descriptive passages presented in parallel Greek and Latin columns, the manuscript also contains basic grammatical texts and handbooks. Most of these texts date back to late antiquity, and would initially have been used to instruct Greek-speaking children in Latin.
- Article by:
- Cillian O’Hogan
- The Greek World, Scholarship
After late antiquity, knowledge of Greek declined in Latin-speaking Western Europe. Although Greek would not be taught widely in the West again until the Renaissance, a number of manuscripts indicate that there was interest in learning about Greek letters during the Middle Ages, as Cillian O’Hogan explains.