External apparatus criticus

An external division of the edition in which all apparatus criticus features and notes are explicitly tagged.

The simplest entry in an epigraphic or papyrological apparatus criticus is a general comment on the text as a whole, with no specific line reference or textual feature described. (Like all external apparatus features described in this page, this example should appear in the <div type="apparatus">, and perhaps be grouped together in a <listApp>.)

<div type="apparatus">
 <listApp>
  <app>
   <note>The face is very weathered, all readings are uncertain.</note>
  </app>
 </listApp>
</div>

The second example is of a simple comment, but tied to a particular line or text fragment (using in this case the attribute loc, which contains a human-readable or "canonical" citation for the line referenced):

<app loc="a 7">
 <note>The erasure in this line is ineffective but indubitably deliberate.</note>
</app>

Alternative restorations, perhaps recording the opinion of previous editors or attributing current readings to them, may also be tagged explicitly in the external apparatus division:

<app loc="i 3">
 <lem>καθο<supplied reason="lost">σίωσις</supplied>
 </lem>
 <rdg source="#tdb1971">καθ<supplied reason="lost">όλου</supplied>
 </rdg>
</app>

An <app> element in the external apparatus may also point directly to a feature tagged within the text transcription division, in order to comment upon it, or simply to display the marked-up feature without duplicating the markup. (Similar to the practice of inline apparatus discussed elsewhere.)

<choice xml:id="choice3">
 <corr>σύμπαντα</corr>
 <sic>σινπαταν</sic>
</choice>
<!-- ... -->
<app loc="12from="#choice3">
 <note>so Mommsen, without comment.</note>
</app>

Variant readings may also arise not from a disagreement among editors, but from genuine ambiguity in reading. An unclear letter with several possible interpretations might appear in the apparatus (or in the text itself) as:

<choice xml:id="choice4">
 <unclear>τ</unclear>
 <unclear>γ</unclear>
 <unclear>ε</unclear>
 <unclear>ζ</unclear>
 <unclear>ξ</unclear>
 <unclear>π</unclear>
 <unclear>σ</unclear>
</choice>
<!-- ... -->
<app loc="4from="#choice4">
 <note>What survives of the last letter before the break is consonant with Τ, Γ, Ε, Ζ, Ξ, Π, Σ</note>
</app>

Responsibility for this section

  1. Gabriel Bodard, author

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Date: 2014-07-31