The School of Athens
Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Charcoal, Preliminary cartoon, White Lead
285 × 804 cm

Class of Greek and Latin Studies

The Class of Greek and Latin Studies (Classis Graecolatina) was officially established on November 25, 2010 with the appointment of the Director, the Academic Secretary and the seven Founding Academicians.

At present (2018) it includes 25 Academicians. For the most part they are scholars in the philological, literary and palaeographic disciplines in the classical, medieval and Byzantine fields, above all concerned with the patrimony of texts preserved in the Ambrosiana.

The work of the activities of this Class are published in the “Ambrosiana Graecolatina”


S.E. Mons. Mario Delpini, Archbishop of Milan

mons. Marco Ballarini, Prefect of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana 

Vice President
mons. Marco Navoni, Deputy Prefect della Biblioteca Ambrosiana

don Federico Gallo, Fellow of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Executive Council
Carla Castelli 
Paolo Chiesa 
Stefano Martinelli Tempesta 
Carlo Maria Mazzucchi 
Marco Petoletti 
Antonietta Porro 
Massimo Rivoltella   

Academic Secretary
Gabriella Orlandi

Laura Biondi (Università degli Studi di Milano);
W. Martin Bloomer (University of Notre Dame);
Marco Buonocore (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana);
Mario Cantilena (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano);
Carla Castelli (Università degli Studi di Milano);
Paolo Chiesa (Università degli Studi di Milano);
Mariarosa Cortesi (Università degli Studi di Pavia);
Michael Lapidge (University of Cambridge);
Domenico Lassandro (Università degli Studi di Bari);
Luigi Lehnus (Università degli Studi di Milano);
Stefano Martinelli Tempesta (Università degli Studi di Milano);
Carlo Maria Mazzucchi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano);
Carla Maria Monti (Università Cattolica del S. Cuore di Milano);
Annaclara Cataldi Palau (University of London);
Marco Petoletti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano);
Filippomaria Pontani (Università Ca’ Foscari);
Antonietta Porro (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano);
Michael D. Reeve (University of Cambridge);
Massimo Rivoltella (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)
Silvia Rizzo (Sapienza – Università di Roma);
Antonio Sartori (Università degli Studi di Milano);
Chiara Torre (Università degli Studi di Milano);
† Martin L. West (University of Oxford);
Nigel G. Wilson (University of Oxford).


• Annual Dies Academicus
• Study days and other study events
• Conference cycles About a codex, About an epigraph, About a text
• Investigations into the history of manuscripts in the library
• Survey of the Greek and Latin incunabula and 16 th century editions
• Creation of a repertoire of all copyists of Greek codices
• Census of codices with patristic content
• Collection of data for compiling a catalogue of manuscripts containing classical Latin authors
• Translation of texts of fundamental significance for the history of the Ambrosiana
• Studies of celebrated Ambrosian manuscripts


Intorno a un codice 2020


Intorno a un codice 2020

For Spring 2020 the Class of Latin and Greek studies organizes a cycle of three conferences entitled Intorno a un Codice. In each lecture, a scholar will present a particularly valuable Ambrosian codex, illustrating its features.

Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy.<br>The artists and the techniques


Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy.
The artists and the techniques

Extended until March 1, 2020!