Upon successful completion of this course, students will know about the manuscript transmission of Byzantine texts, about the organization and stemmatic classification of the surviving manuscript material and the technique of critical editions. In addition they will have been exercised in the preparation of a critical edition and will be able to prepare their own critical edition of a greek text.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to the specific problems of transmission and textual criticism of Byzantine texts. Evaluation and genealogical classification (recensio) of the surviving witnesses of a text using the stemmatic theory of Karl Lachmann, as systematized by Paul Maas. Open and closed tradition. Principles and methods of restoration of corrupted passages (emendatio). Problems concerning editing of autographs (spelling, punctuation). Editorial technique and application of theoretical principles in a critical edition of an unpublished text.
Additional bibliography for study
H.-G. Nesselrath, Εισαγωγή στην αρχαιογνωσία, τόμος Α: Αρ¬χαία Ελλάδα, Αθήνα 2001, σσ. 1–85
A. Giannouli – E. Schiffer (eds.), From manuscripts to book / Vom Codex zur Edition. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Textual Criticism and Editorial Practice for Byzantine Texts, Wien 2011