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Certain Sources of Corruption in Latin Manuscripts: A Study Based upon Two Manuscripts of


In this article Shipley uses a parent and child manuscript of Livy to show how and why errors come into texts as they are copied and to suggest methods for recognizing such errors and correcting them.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-505-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 276
Publication Date: Aug 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 66
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-505-6
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A common dilemma in interpreting manuscripts is the degree to which the editor should preserve odd or seemingly ungrammatical readings simply because that is how the text appears in the manuscript. In this article Shipley uses a parent and child manuscript of Livy to show how and why errors come into texts as they are copied and to suggest methods for recognizing such errors and correcting them without over correcting and thereby contributing to further corruption of the lost original text. This is a useful piece for illustrating the process of taking a text from manuscripts to edition and also for illuminating the hidden uncertainty in all surviving classical literature.

A common dilemma in interpreting manuscripts is the degree to which the editor should preserve odd or seemingly ungrammatical readings simply because that is how the text appears in the manuscript. In this article Shipley uses a parent and child manuscript of Livy to show how and why errors come into texts as they are copied and to suggest methods for recognizing such errors and correcting them without over correcting and thereby contributing to further corruption of the lost original text. This is a useful piece for illustrating the process of taking a text from manuscripts to edition and also for illuminating the hidden uncertainty in all surviving classical literature.

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F.W. Shipley

  • CERTAIN SOURCES OF CORRUPTION IN LATIN MANUSCRIPTS: I. INTRODUCTION (page 5)
  • II. THE CODEX REGINENSIS 762 (page 14)
  • III. MISTAKEN WORD-DIVISIONS (page 19)
  • IV. DITTOGRAPHY (page 27)
  • V. ERRORS OF OMISSION (page 30)
  • VI. CONFUSION OF LETTERS (IN UNCIAL WRITING) (page 36)
  • VII. CONFUSION OF SIMILAR WORDS (page 47)
  • VIII. CORRUPTIONS ARISING FROM MISTAKING THE NUMERAL SIGNS (page 49)
  • IX. ERRORS DUE TO ABBREVIATIONS (page 57)
  • X. ERRORS DUE TO CORRECTIONS IN THE PUTEANUS (page 66)