Type 3147
(formerly typ/1271)

Εἰπὲ ποῦ ἡ χθὲς ἔβη, ἡ δ’ αὔριον εἰπὲ ποῦ ἐστιν;
εἰπὲ δ’ ὅθεν προέβης καὶ ποῦ ὁδοιπορέεις;
καὶ τί μέγα ζώειν σε τὸν αὐτίκα νεκρὸν ἐόντα;
ὁ χρόνος ἀστατέει, φύλλῳ ἔοικε φύσις·
γαῖα, βροτὸς καὶ ὕδωρ, τὰ ἀπ’ αὐτόφιν εἰς τάδε δύνει,
ὥστε μάτην ὁ βίος καὶ ὅσα τις πονέει.
Title(s) Περὶ τῆς ἐνταῦθα ματαιότητος ἡρωϊκοὶ στίχοι
Text source M. Tomadaki, E. van Opstall 2019, The Tragedians from a Byzantine Perspective: Book Epigrams on Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, Medioevo Greco. Rivista di storia e filologia bizantina. (MEG), 19, 193-220: 205-207
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Metre(s) Elegiacs
Comment = Anth. Gr. Append. IV.92

Boissonade (1830: 471): 'φύμῳ ἔοικε φύσις. (...) Non puto tam barbarum versum, nec ideo illud epigramma, foetum esse Leonis, hominis elegantissimi. Pro φύμῳ exspectabam saltem φούμῳ. Fors. φυρμῷ'.
Gallavotti (1980: 237) remarks that the epigram "è anonimo nei codici di quella silloge," (i.e. the Silloge Eufemia) "ed è invece attribuito a Marco Mamuna in altra fonte, ossia nell'edizione degli scritti di Thomas Trivisanos".

The epigram also occurs in Par. gr. 1773 and Par. gr. 2720. In these manuscripts it does not function as a book epigram, but is part of the Silloge Eufemia. (cf. Cataldi-Palau (2004: 367-368)).
Number of verses 6

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 191: "Marcus Mamunas*, In vitam humanam"
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Last modified: 2021-07-26.