Modern Greek printed book History

Teaching Staff: Dimitriou Yanna
Course Code: BIB128
Field: Library Science
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Face to face
Semester: 8th
Total Hours: 3
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Short Description:

Overview of the history of the Greek book from the 15th to the 20th century. From the appearance of the first Greek printing types and the printing of the first dated Greek book to the first Greek publishing attempt (1465-1486). Greek scholars and  printers at the end of the 15th century. The emergence of Greek reading audience of printed books during the16th century and the Venetian printing shops. Greek and Italian printers and publishers of Greek books in Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries. Greek printed books in Central Europe and Russia in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Typographical attempts and typography in the Greek-speaking regions from the 17th to the 19th century. The Greek printed book from the founding of the Greek state to the 20th century

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The course aims to offer students the historical knowledge that is absolutely necessary to understand the conditions of production of the Greek printed book from the 15th to the 20th century. This knowledge is necessary for the correct export of metadata from Greek printed documents produced mainly during the pre-industrial period.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to understand what the term "Greek book" means, the geography of the production, the most important printing houses in which Greek books were printed, the most important categories of Greek books and the landmarks in the historical evolution of Greek books production. They will also know the most important bibliographic tools that concern the Greek book.


Week #1: The first Greek printing types (1465-1475), the first dated Greek book (1476) and the first attempt to establish a Greek publishing house (1486)

Week #2: The first editions of Greek classics in Italy. The Greeks and the printed book until the end of the 15th century

Week #3: The Modern Greek printed book in Italy during the 16th century

Week #4: Italian and Greek publishing houses and printing shops in Venice during the 17th century

Week #5: The printing of Greek books in the Ottoman Empire during the 17th century

Week #6: The production of Greek books in Venice during the 18th century

Week #7: The emergence of new publishing centers of a Greek book in Central Europe in the middle of the 18th century

Week #8: Printing of Greek books in the Danubian Principalities, in the Ottoman-Occupied Regions and in the Ionian Islands in the 18th Century

Week #9: The last phase of the production of modern Greek books in Venice (19th century)

Week #10: The Modern Greek Enlightenment and the Modern Greek book during the first two decades of the 19th century

Week #11: Printing in the Greek speaking world  before the Greek Revolution and during the Greek War of  Independence (1821-1827)

Week #12: The new book production centers in the Greek state (1828-1900)

Week #13: Overview of the history of the Greek book in the 20th century

Suggested Bibliography:
  • Ηλιού, Φίλιππος. Ιστορίες του ελληνικού βιβλίου, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2005
  • Κουμαριανού, Αικατερίνη- Δρούλια, Λουκία - Layton, Evro. Το ελληνικό βιβλίο 1476-1830, Αθήνα 1986
  • Μπώκος, Γ. Δ. Τα πρώτα ελληνικά τυπογραφεία στο χώρο της «καθ’ ημάς Ανατολής», Αθήνα 1998
  • Σκιαδάς, Ν. Ε. Χρονικό της Ελληνικής Τυπογραφίας, 3 τ., Αθήνα 1976-1982
  • Στάικος, Κ. Σπ. Χάρτα της Ελληνικής τυπογραφίας, τ. Α΄, 15ος αι., Αθήνα 1989
  • Στάικος, Κ. Σπ. - Σκλαβενίτης, Τ. Ε. (επιμ.). Πεντακόσια χρόνια έντυπης παράδοσης του Νέου Ελληνισμού (1499-1999), Κατάλογος έκθεσης στη Βουλή των Ελλήνων, Αθήνα 2000
  • Στάικος, Κ. Σπ. - Σκλαβενίτης, Τ. Ε. (επιμ.). Το έντυπο ελληνικό βιβλίο, 15ος-19ος αιώνας. Πρακτικά Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου, Δελφοί, 16-20 Μαΐου 2001, Αθήνα 2004.
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