Annaclara Cataldi Palau

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Annaclara Cataldi Palau is an Italian palaeographer specialising in Greek mediaeval and renaissance palaeography and history of the book.


Annaclara Cataldi was born in Genoa and studied Classics in the University of Genoa, then she lived several years in Paris and studied Greek palaeography at the Sorbonne. Her studies there culminated in a ‘Doctorat’ in Greek Palaeography. In 1994 she was commissioned to catalogue the Greek manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. She now occupies a chair at King's College London.

In palaeography she proposed new criteria to distinguish 8th-century manuscripts from those of the 9th century: the development of accentuation and the regularity of the accentuation suggest a date in the 9th century; while abundant colourful decoration is uncharacteristic of the eighth century. Rich ornamentation is infrequent in 8th-century manuscripts, which mostly have uncomplicated initials.


  • Catalogo dei manoscritti greci della Biblioteca Franzoniana (Genova) : (Urbani 2-20) (Accademia nazionale dei Lincei, Bollettino dei Classici, Suppl. n. 8), Roma, 1990.
  • "La biblioteca del Cardinale Giovanni Salviati: Alcuni nuovi manoscritti greci in biblioteche diverse della Vaticana", in: Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits; 49 (1995)
  • Gian Francesco d'Asola e la tipografia aldina: La vita, le edizioni, la biblioteca dell'Asolano, Genoa: Sagep Libri & Communicazione, 1998
  • "A Little Known Manuscript of the Gospels in ‘Maiuscola biblica’: Basil. Gr A. N. III. 12", in: Byzantion; 74 (2004): 463-516
  • "The Burdett-Coutts collection of Greek manuscripts: manuscripts from Epirus" in: Codices Manuscripti (2006), 31-64
  • Studies in Greek Manuscripts. Spoleto, 2008

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