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date: 21 September 2019

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In this chapter, the sources for the text of Terence are presented, and its history, insofar as relevant to the philologist and textual critic, is sketched. The principal extant manuscripts are surveyed. Those of the γ family, being the only ones allowing a degree of consistent stemmatic classification, are treated in some detail. So are the paratextual mentions of Calliopius appearing in medieval manuscripts; it is argued that these originated within the γ tradition and did not spread from it until the ninth century. Since Terence has an abundant indirect tradition in grammarians and scholia, these sources, too, are discussed. The Donatian scholia in particular are characterized with regard to their genesis and diorthotic methods, and principles are suggested for assessing the textual evidence contained in them.

Keywords: Terence, text, textual, manuscripts, Calliopian, subscription, scholia, grammarians, indirect, tradition, Middle Ages

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