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Jagić’s textual criticism in a Croatian and European context

Amir Kapetanović orcid id ; Institut za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje, Zagreb, Hrvatska

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The versatile philologist Vatroslav Jagić (1838–1923), who was an authority in Slavic studies around the turn of the 20th century, began his career as a grammar school teacher in Zagreb after returning from his studies in Vienna. The young Jagić’s interest in old Croatian and Slavic written heritage stands out among his many professional interests. The correct reading and interpretation of old written sources is a prerequisite to all research in the fields of linguistics and literary history. Vatroslav Jagić’s work in the preparation and publishing of old Croatian texts is an important contribution contribution to Croatian philology. This paper follows the philological maturation of the young Jagić from the early 1860s to his departure from Zagreb in 1871. In this period, Jagić improved Croatian textual criticism; therefore, his accomplishments in the field are evaluated in comparison to the textual criticism of the first half of the 19th century in Croatia, as well as to later methods of textual criticism that were inherited from Jagić’s principles, for instance the critical preparation of the texts in the series Old Croatian Writers. The achievements of Vatroslav Jagić are compared to the textual criticism in the wider Slavic and European contexts. After leaving Zagreb, Jagić never stopped his work on problems in the field of textual criticism; therefore; a part of the paper will be dedicated to his interest in old Slavic written sources.


Vatroslav Jagić, textual criticism

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