This book re-examines essentially the most traditional area of classical scholarship, offering vital assessments of the present state of the field, its methods and controversies, and its prospects for the future in a digital environment. Each and every stage of the editorial process is examined, from gathering and evaluating manuscript evidence to constructing the text and vital apparatus, with particular attention given to areas of dispute, such as the role of conjecture. The significance of subjective factors at each and every point is highlighted. An Appendix offers practical guidance in reading a vital apparatus. The discussion is framed in a way that may be accessible to non-specialists, with all Latin texts translated. The book will probably be useful both to classicists who aren’t textual critics and to non-classicists desirous about issues of editing.
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