Type 3973
(formerly typ/2065)

Ὥσπερ ξένοι χαίρουσιν ἰδεῖν πατρίδας,
καὶ οἱ θαλλατεύοντες εὑρεῖν λιμένα,
καὶ ὥσπερ οἱ αἰχμάλωτοι ἰδεῖν ἐλευθερίας,
τοιούτῳ καὶ οἱ γράφοντες ἰδεῖν βιβλίου τέλος.
Title(s) Librarii nota
Text source B. Schartau, 1994, Codices graeci Haunienses, Copenhagen: 435
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Scribe-related epigram
Tag(s) Completion of the book
Translation(s) Just as strangers rejoice in seeing their fatherlands,
And those at sea in finding a harbour,
And like prisoners of war in seeing their freedom,
In the same way do writers rejoice in seeing the end of their book.
J. Boeten, M. Janse 2018, A Cognitive Analysis of Metrical Irregularities in the Ὧσπερ ξένοι Book Epigrams, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 42(1), 79-91: 87
Comment Text of Schartau (1994: 435) modified by DBBE.

Boeten-Janse (2018: 87): "The last two lines (...), if read without synizesis, consist of an octasyllabic colon before, and a heptasyllabic colon after, the caesura. In other words, they would result in two decapentasyllabic verses with strong caesurae after the eighth syllable. However, if read with synizesis (‘καὶ ὥσπερ’ = ‘κι ͜ὥσπερ’ and ‘τοιούτῳ’ = ‘τοιο͜ύτῳ’), the same lines would again scan like decatetrasyllables, with a heptasyllabic colon on either side of the caesura at B7. Given the prevalent stress pattern of the first colon (...), it makes more sense to read both lines as decatetra- instead of decapentasyllables."
Number of verses 4
Occurrence(s) [20001] ὥσπερ ξένοι χαίρουσιν ἰδεῖν πατρίδας [1447]
COPENHAGEN - Det Kongelige Bibliothek - Fabr. 94,8° [1447] (f. 218v)
(4 verses)
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