LJMedA10 Seminar on Textual Criticism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PROGRAM ( N - LJ_ ) || PROGRAM ( N - LJU_ ) || PROGRAM ( N - LLS_ ) || LJBcSZk Bachelor's State Exam
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce practical principles of textual criticism with special regards to medieval Latin manuscripts of Bohemian origin to the students of Latin.
Learning outcomes
All aspects of a preparation of critical editions will be explained to the students; at the end of the course students will have mastered the basics of working with medieval manuscripts, they will be able to work with a special programme designed for critical editions and will be informed about the necessary secundary literature (catalogues of manuscripts, history of Czech manuscript collections etc.).
  • Basic definition of textual criticism; new and digital philology.
  • Specifics of editing of medieval Latin texts with special attention to Bohemian manuscripts.
  • Rules of transcription.
  • Special features of medieval Latin ortography, pronunciation.
  • Classical Text Editor – programme for critical editions.
  • Quotations of authorities and their identification: biblical quotations, Roman law, Canon law.
  • Electronic databases of medieval texts.
  • Editing of diplomatic material.
  • Particularities of medieval poetry.
  • Early modern texts.
  • Old Czech texts.
    required literature
  • ČEŠKA, Josef. Textová kritika ve filologické praxi. Vyd. 1. Brno: UJEP Brno, 1973, 70 s. info
  • VIDMANOVÁ, Anežka. Laborintus :latinská literatura středověkých Čech. Vyd. 1. Praha: KLP-Koniasch Latin Press, 1994, 222 s. ISBN 80-901508-6-1. info
    recommended literature
  • HEJNOVÁ, Miroslava. Historické fondy Národní knihovny ČR : průvodce. 1. vyd. Praha: Národní knihovna České republiky, 2007, 80 s. ISBN 9788070504833. info
  • Editor a text : úvod do praktické textologie. Edited by Rudolf Havel - Břetislav Štorek - Jiří Flaišman - Michal Kosák. Vyd. 2. Praha: Paseka, 2006, 182 s. ISBN 8071856533. info
  • MAAS, Paul. Textkritik. Einleitung in die altertumswissenschaft. 1960. info
    not specified
  • TROVATO, Paolo. Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann's method : a non-standard handbook of genealogical textual criticism in the age of Post-Structuralism, cladistics, and copy-text. Edited by Michael D. Reeve. Prima edizione. Padova: Libreriauniversitaria.it edizioni, 2014, 355 stran. ISBN 9788862925280. info
  • HUYGENS, R. B. C. Ars edendi : a practical introduction to editing medieval Latin texts. Turnhout: Brepols, 2000, 80 s. ISBN 2503511627. info
  • Éloge de la variante : histoire critique de la philologie. Edited by Bernard Cerquiglini. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1989, 122 s. ISBN 2020104334. info
Teaching methods
Practical instruction – reading and collation of manuscripts, working with the Classical Text Editor programme; class discussion; short theoretical introduction.
Assessment methods
Requirements for credit: active class attendance at seminars (75%) and conscientious preparation of practical assignments; students will be asked to hand in a minor assignment at the end of the course.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
Additions to literature:

1990 Speculum, A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 65 (ed. Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore)

Stella, Francesco. „Metodi i prospettive delľedizione digitale di testi mediolatini.“ Filologia Mediolatina 14 (2007): 149–173

Digital Critical Editions. Ed. D. Apollon, C. Bélisle, P. Régnier. Urbana-Champaign – Chicago: Illinois University Press, 2014.

The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Spring 2016, Spring 2018.
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