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In eighty-two sections, Robert Renehan presents a series of illustrative examples of the textual critic at work. The passages chosen demonstrate typical causes of corruption such as “trivialization,” visual and aural confusions, interpolation, transposition, false division of words, haplography, deliberate tampering, and, above all, psychological errors. The fundamental aim of the book is to set out some empiric materials which will point the way to the acquisition and refinement of that sense of the probable which is the sine qua non of sound textual criticism. In no sense is the work intended to be a manual on how to make a conjecture.