Occurrence 20820
(formerly occ/4521)

Ἄνθρωπε, γυμνώθητι τὴν βίβλον βλέπων·
νοημάτων γάρ ἐστι βυθὸς ἐνθέων,
ὃν οὐκ ἐφικτὸν οὐδενὶ πλεῖν ἀβρόχως,
πρὶν ἐξενεγκεῖν τῆς ψυχῆς τὰ φορτία.
Θ: Π:
Type(s) [4420] Ἄνθρωπε γυμνώθητι τὴν βίβλον βλέπων (4 verses)
Text source A. Papadopoulos-Kerameus, 1915, Ἱεροσολυμιτικὴ βιβλιοθήκη ἤτοι κατάλογος τῶν ἐν ταῖς βιβλιοθήκαις τοῦ ἁγιωτάτου ἀποστολικοῦ τε καὶ καθολικοῦ ὀρθοδόξου πατριαρχικοῦ θρόνου τῶν Ἱεροσολύμων καὶ πάσης Παλαιστίνης ἀποκειμένων ἑλληνικῶν κωδίκων (vol. 5), Saint-Petersburg: 45
Text status Text completely known
Date 1476-1500
Manuscript ATHENS - Ethnike Bibliotheke tes Hellados - Metochion Pan. Taphou 479 [1476-1500]
Place in Manuscript f. 1v
Contextual information Vassis (2005: 54): 'In homilias Iosephi Bryennii'.
Some words of this poem recall in a subtle way an imagery of a ship on the sea: v. 2 'βυθὸς', v. 3 'ἀβρόχως' and v. 4 'τὰ φορτία'.

The added letters at the end 'Θ: Π:' might recall the two foundations of philosophical conduct: θεωρία and πρᾶξις. These two letters could be a further explanation of the phrase 'τῆς ψυχῆς τὰ φορτία'. The intellectual bagage of the soul is consisted of theory and practice.

Cf. Boethius, 'Consolatio Philosophiae', Book 1, Prose 1, where Boethius gives an allegorical description of Philosophy:
'uestes erant tenuissimis filis subtili artificio indissolubili materia perfectae (...) harum in extremo margine Π graecum, in supremo uero Θ legebatur intextum atque inter utrasque litteras in scalarum modum gradus quidam insigniti uidebantur, quibus ab inferiore ad superius elementum esset ascensus'.
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Genre(s) Reader-related epigram
Subject(s) Ioseph Bryennios (14th-15th c.) - PLP: II.3257
Number of verses 4

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