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The attribution to early humanists presents the well-known difficulty that it is often uncertain whether the use of the term correctio or emendation refers to an intervention by the editor or the adoption of a reading from the codices recentiores. In the field of conjectural criticism belongs the punctuation decisive for the interpretation of the text as well as the transpositions of verses which have often been proposed. In conjectural criticism metrical violations are regarded as discrediting. Unlike their humanist predecessors modern editors are expected to be acquainted with the refinements of the structure of Seneca's verse. Where, in the case of a number of entries, the remark "contra metrum" or "iambus in quinto pede rarissime admittitur" is added, the reader is duly warned by the caveat. The repertory however does not guarantee a systematic investigation of metrical violations.

Keywords: conjectural criticism; humanist predecessors; metrical violations



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