Occurrence 19049
(formerly occ/2484)

⁘ τὴν βίβλον ὄλβον ὥσπερ ἐγκεκρυμμένον
ἔχουσαν, ἄθρει τήνδε, πᾶς μουσῶν φίλος·
ἀλλ’ εἰ θελήσοις τὰς πολυχρύσους φλέβας
ταύτης ἐρευνᾶν τὰς σοφῶς κεκρυμμένας.
νοὸς τὸ φαιδρὸν ὄμμα προσθείας φύσεις·
ὕψει διάρας πανσόφοις εὐοπτίαις,
οὕτω γραφὴν δίελθε τὴν σοφωτάτην,
καὶ πλοῦτον εὕρης γνώσεως ὑπερτέρας,
ζητῶν ἐρευνῶν τὴν τρισολβίαν φύσιν·
μόνην φύσεις νικῶσαν ἐνθέω τρόπωι.
καὶ χρυσὸν αἰγλήεντα τίκτουσαν. μόνην
τὴν παντοποιὸν· ἢν φρεσὶν μουσοστόλοις.
θείας ἐρασταὶ γνώσεως εὗρον μόνοι.
ταύτην ἐφευρὼν μὴ γὰρ ὅστις ἦ φράσω.
θαύμαζε νοῦν φρόνησιν ἀνδρῶν ἐνθέων,
ὡς δημιουργῶν σωμάτων καὶ πνευμάτων·
πῶς ἔσχον οὕτως γνώσεως ὕψος μέγα.
ψυχοῦν ἀποκτένειν τε (καὶ) ζωοῦν πάλιν·
ὥστε ξένως πλάττειν τε (καὶ) μορφοῦν ξένως.
ὦ θαῦμα τὴν ἄνασσαν ὕλην ὀλβίαν·
ἧσπερ διαγνοὺς καὶ μαθὼν τὰς ἐκβάσεις
αἰνιγματωδῶς ἔνδον ἐγκεκρυμμένας
ὁ νοῦς ὁ παγγέραστος αἱ κλειναὶ φρένες·
θεοδώρου πλουτοῦντος ἐνθέοις τρόποις·
πιστοῦ τελοῦντος δεσποτῶν παραστάτου,
συνῆψεν ἐντέθεικε συλλογὴν ξένην.
ἐν τῆδε βίβλω πανσόφων νοημάτων·
ὅνπερ σκέπων φύλαττε χ(ριστ)ὲ παντάναξ.
Type(s) [3220] Τὴν βίβλον ὄλβον ὥσπερ ἐγκεκρυμμένον (28 verses)
Text source DBBE (Autopsy of the manuscript)
Text status Text completely known
Date 951-1000
Manuscript VENICE - Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana - gr. Z. 299 (coll. 584) [951-1000]
Place in Manuscript f. 5v
Theodoros (10th c.) - PMBZ: 29889: "Personenkennziffer: 27734" (parastates despoton)
Palaeographical information Written in red ink, in an "ornamented minuscule bouletée" (cf. Roberts (2020: 11)).
Contextual information Roberts (2020: 3-5): "Although the margins of the page were subsequently filled by a late Byzantine scribe with an excerpt from the Geoponika on meteorological prognostication, the epigram originally stood entirely alone, with no title or marginal annotation. (...) The alchemical epigram appears in the manuscript’s present-day first quire, along with other ‘front matter’, including the table of contents for the volume, a list of alchemical authors, and a table of symbols for metals and technical terms.) In the present arrangement of that initial quire, the epigram faces the first page of the table of symbols."
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Image source(s) http://www.internetculturale.it/jmms/iccuviewer/iccu.jsp?id=oai%3A193.206.197.121%3A18%3AVE0049%3ACSTOR.240.9949&mode=all&teca=marciana&viewType=onepage&mediaType=image&objectIndex=32
Number of verses 28

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