How to Edit Byzantine Texts – a Scholarly Debate from the End of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century Cover Image
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Как да се издават византийски текстове – един дебат от края на XIX и началото на XX век
How to Edit Byzantine Texts – a Scholarly Debate from the End of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century

Author(s): Aneta Dimitrova
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Theology and Religion, Philology, Translation Studies, Theory of Literature
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: This article goes back to the dawn of Byzantine Studies and takes a look at several periodicals and prefaces to editions from the years 1892–1904. One of the main objectives of the article is to follow the scholarly debate between Karl Krumbacher (1856–1909) and Ludwig Radermacher (1867–1952) on the methodology of editing Byzantine texts. From Krumbacher’s criticism and Radermacher’s response one can single out the main issues in dealing with Byzantine manuscripts. And since Krumbacher – the founder of modern Byzantine studies – was a prolific and diligent reviewer, his critical reviews and other writings reveal his stand on this topic. This is the other, more general purpose of the paper – to collect and summarize Krumbacher’s editorial principles. They set a standard that is still in use in medieval studies today. At the same time, even 120 years later, new manuals on editing medieval texts keep emerging, addressing practical as well as theoretical problems.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 55-56
  • Page Range: 122-139
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian