ABSTRACT This essay discusses a lost chapter in the history of the textual criticism of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis: G. Hermann's 1847 De Interpolationibus Euripideae Iphigeniae in Aulide. I argue that this work, like all textual criticisms in classics, aims to represent not the image of a lost original, but rather a singular image of textual history and formal change. This has consequences for the reading of critical texts in general, which do not aim to return us to the past but to provide a charter of history conceived as a temporally heterogeneous textual multiplicity.
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