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1 To determine where one copyist of an archetype ended and where another began, is seldom possible. Where it is possible, it is certainly worth doing; so great a difference of quality often exists between the work of one copyist and the work of another. The B-copyists of Most., Men. 1-381, of Men. 381-fin., Mil., Merc. 1-1013 are as bad as the copyists of the following plays are good. Their mistakes have fortunately been effaced by a corrector up to the middle of the Miles. But for the uncorrected portion, including the last half of the Miles and nearly the whole of the Mercator, the testimony of B is of very small repute--a fact not always realised by editors of Plautus. The deplorable state of the Truculentus-text in the archetype may be partly due to similar causes, either to the intervention of a new copyist, or the absence of a corrector, or both.
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