The Beneventan script is a calligraphic text hand used in southern Italy and Dalmatia principally between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. Most items in the script were written for monastic houses and contain liturgical texts, but there are significant classical, medical and historical texts copied in the script. The study of Beneventan manuscripts is a developed scholarly field, with regular conferences and sessions at conferences, dissertations on Beneventan topics, and the regular discovery of hitherto unknown items written in the script. This work is reflected in an annual bibliography (BMB: Bibliografia dei manoscritti in scrittura beneventana) hosted by the Università di Cassino, Italy, and available online. Projects to study materials in the script include the Monumenta liturgica beneventana, and Thomas Kelly and Matthew Peattie's project to edit all the items of Beneventan chant. The Society for Beneventan Studies promotes the study of manuscripts containing Beneventan script, and related materials.
- September 2013-
Don Faustino Avagliano, O.S.B., archivist of Montecassino, died on September 5, 2013. Beneventan scholars and those interested in Montecassino will be familiar with his years of service in the archive, and his great humanity. See the notice published in the Osservatore Romano, September 7, p. 4. He will be missed
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