Occurrence 20158
(formerly occ/3798)

Type(s) [4074] Ὁρῶν τὰ λαμπρὰ καὶ τὰ μὴ λαμπρὰ σκόπει (1 verse)
Text source DBBE (Inspection of a reproduction of the manuscript)
Text status Text completely known
Date 976-1025
Manuscript SOFIA - Centar I Dujcev D. gr. 282 [976-1025]
Place in Manuscript f. 3v
Palaeographical information Written in red and blue minuscule.
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Genre(s) Reader-related epigram
Comment This book epigram is a carmen figuratum, consisting of a grid of 31 x 31 letters. To read the poem, one has to start with the omikron in the middle of the grid, and then proceed in any direction, horizontal and/or vertical, making as many "turns" as one likes, as long as after 31 letters one ends at one of the four corners. For the principle, see Džurova (1997: 187-188) and Hörandner (2009: 291-292).
Hörandner (2009:292) points to a gnomic verse of Menander with similar content. He also identifies the same grid principle in https://dbbe.ugent.be/occurrences/17247 and https://dbbe.ugent.be/occurrences/17554.

The exact date of the manuscript is uncertain.
Image source(s) Dzurova (2011: 198)
Number of verses 1
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Last modified: 2021-10-11.