|Text source||K. Bentein, K. Demoen 2012, The Reader in Eleventh-Century Book Epigrams, in F. Bernard, K. Demoen (eds.), Poetry and its Contexts in Eleventh-century Byzantium, Farnham/Burlington, 69-88: 82|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Not a critical text|
|Subject(s)||Philip Monotropos (12th c.) (monotropos)|
'With the help of God the present book has also been finished – this work, this book, the modest Dioptra – by the hand of a sinful monk and stranger. It was finished on the twelfth of May, in the third year of the current indiction. It was the tenth year of the cycle of the moon and the twenty-third year of the solar cycle, in the year six thousand six hundred and three. If you want to learn my name, dear friend, behold I describe this too for you and you will find it by calculating.
I have eight letters and five consonants. I am composed of three syllables, recognize me. The first two syllables each have two letters. The last syllable has the remaining ones. On the whole the numerical value is: three times three hundred and four times twenty, or, the total sum of those: nine hundred and eighty.
|Comment||The first nine verses are written in political verse, the riddle from v. 10 onwards is written in rythmical prose (cf. Bentein-Demoen (2012: 83): "passage in prose (or in awkward metrical attempts)").
According to Vassis (2005: 260), the epigram has 13 verses.
Bentein-Demoen (2012: 83): '(...) we should call this an eleventh-century epigram ‘by extension’, as it was originally written in 1095 but no longer occurs in an eleventh-century manuscript.'
The answer to the riddle is 'Philippos', the author of the Dioptra.
A variant of the second part of the epigram (from verse 8 on, the riddle on the author’s name) has been preserved in several manuscripts (type 30701) after a laudatory book epigram by Konstantinos Bestes Granatos (type 4055).
|Number of verses||15|
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|Identification||Vassis ICB 2005, 260: "Philippus Solitarius, Subscr. in Dioptram"|