Type 5140
(formerly typ/3198)

Ἀλλ’ ὦ Μανασσῆ θελξικάρδιον στόμα,
Ὀρφεῦ νεαρὲ τοῦ παλαιοῦ βελτίων,
τὴν γλυκερὰν ἅρμοσον αὖθις κιθάραν
καὶ σὴν πρόσοψιν ὑπόδειξον τοῖς φίλοις
καὶ προσλαλήσαις τοῖς μαθηταῖς ὡς πάλιν·
εἰ γὰρ μαλάσσειν εἶχε γλυκερὸς λόγος
ὦτα λασιόκωφα δυσμενοῦς Ἅιδου,
τοῦτ’ αὐτὸς ἂν ἔδρασας ἐλθὼν εἰς Ἅιδην
ὡς αὐτοθελκτήριος αὐτογλυκύτης.
Text source O. Mazal, 1967, Der Roman des Konstantinos Manasses. Überlieferung, Rekonstruktion, Textausgabe der Fragmente, Wien: 209
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Author-related epigram
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Comment The five verses-version of the epigram (vv. 1-5), is also preserved in mss. Patmos 374 (17th century) and Athos, Lavra Λ 108 (18th century) at the end of Constantine Manasses' Compendium chronicum.
The epigram, as transmitted in ms. Vind. phil. gr. 306 (consisting of 8 verses, vv. 1-3 and vv. 5-9), can also be found in the 16th century-manuscript Munich BSB cod. gr. 281, following a collection of excerpts from Manasses' novel 'Aristandros and Kallithea'.
Number of verses 9
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 35: "In Const. Manassem"
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Last modified: 2021-09-08.