Type 4235
(formerly typ/2330)

Εἰ μὲν φίλος πέφυκας εἴσελθε χαίρων.
Εἰ δ' ἐχθρὸς καὶ βάσκανος καὶ δόλου γέμων
πόρρω ἄπελθε τῆς δε τῆς βίβλου.
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Reader-related epigram
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Tag(s)
Translation(s) If you are a friend, come in with joy.
But if you are hostile and malicious and full of tricks,
go far away from this book.
Language
English
Source(s)
S. De Groot 2021, Readers' Perspectives on Early Christian Texts. Book Epigrams in the Byzantine Manuscripts of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Gent: 11-12
Comment This poem apparently figured as a real epigram before being used as a metrical paratext in a manuscript. The fact that in some occurrences, the third verse keeps the word 'πύλη' instead of 'βίβλος' supports this argument.
Bibliography
Number of verses 3
Occurrence(s)
Acknowledgements
Contributor(s)
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 187: "Inscriptio in portam ecclesiae"
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Last modified: 2021-12-07.