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In some usage, the stemmatic method and stemmatics may refer exclusively to work carried out in the tradition of Lachmannian genealogical textual criticism. For example, in one guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature, the authors state ‘The classic statement of the theory of stemmatics is that of Paul Maas’ (Reynolds and Wilson 1991, p. 211; Maas himself uses the term in Textkritik, p. 26). However, in more recent and contemporary usage the terms ‘stemmatics’ and ‘stemmatology’ are often used interchangeably. The Oxford English Dictionary, for example, directs readers looking for information on ‘stemmatics’ to the entry on ‘stemmatology’.


Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. “stemmatic, n. and adj.”. OED Online. December 2013. Oxford University Press., accessed 19 February 2014.
– Reynolds, Leighton Durham, and Nigel G. Wilson. 1991. Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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DE: Stemmatik
FR: stemmatique
IT: stemmatica


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