Type 34722

Καὶ θεσμοθέτας εἴπερ ἠυτύχει πόλις,
πόλις κράτους πρὶν, νῦν δὲ μεστὴ δακρύων,
πάρεργον οὐκ ἂν Ἰταλῶν ἦν ἀσπίδος;
Οἱ θεσμοφυλακεῖν γὰρ ἐξευρημένοι
δίχα παρασπίζοντος ἠσθενημένοι.
Text source C. Mazzucchi 1995, Leggere i classici durante la catastrofe (Costantinopoli, maggio-agosto 1203): le note marginali al Diodoro Siculo Vaticano gr. 130. Parte seconda: i dodecasillabi della terza mano e la personalità del loro autore, Aevum, 69(1), 200-258: 213
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Text-related epigram
Niketas Choniates (1155 - 1217) - VGH: 337.E - PBW: Niketas/25001/
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Konstantinoupolis
Comment Mazzucchi (1995: 254-255) identifies the author as Niketas Choniates. Bértola (2021: 42) is more cautious: "Nothing invites the rejection of the postulated authorship of Niketas Choniates, but there is not enough evidence either to accept it without prudent hesitation."
Number of verses 5
Occurrence(s) [34725] καὶ θεσμοθέτας | εἴπερ ἠυτύχει πόλις [1203]
VATICAN CITY - Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana - Vat. gr. 130 [942-975] (f. 298r)
(5 verses)

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 375: "Scholium in Diodorum Siculum (5.67.4)"
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