one speaks of “contamination” when a witness does not limit itself to reproducing (usually adding further innovations) the characteristics of a single antecedent (in Pasquali’s terminology: vertical tradition), but has significant errors in common with mss. from other families in the stemma (Pasquali, again, calls this horizontal or transversal tradition).

(Trovato 2014, 129)

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