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Homoeoarcton, or ‘identical beginning’ (from ὅμοιος 'same' and ἄρχομαι 'to begin'), describes the impetus for an omission or addition in a copyist’s text in which it is posited that eye-skip (or parablepsis) to or from similar or identical beginnings of a word has caused a copyist to miss text or write the same sequence of text twice.

Also written correctly as homoioarcton, homoearchon, homoeoarkton. See types of errors.


– West, Martin L. 1973. Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique Applicable to Greek and Latin Texts. Stuttgart: Teubner. || See p. 25.

In other languages

Graeco-Latin term used throughout.

IT: omeoarto / omeoarchia


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