Type 34818

Ἵππον ἔχω τρέχοντα λευκῷ πεδίῳ,
τρεῖς ἐπιφερόμενον ἀόπλους ἄνδρας·
ἐὰν οὐ σχίσῃς τοῦ ἵππου τὸ κρανίον,
ὁ ἵππος οὐκ ἰσχύει περιπατῆσαι.
Text source S. Lucà 2021, Un inedito γρῖφος sul calamo? Athon., Protat. 29, f. 257v, in R. Durante (ed.), ΕΥΛΟΓΙΑ. Sulle orme di André Jacob, Lecce, 405-437: 424
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Tag(s) Riddle
Translation(s) I have a horse trotting over a white plain
which bears three men unarmed.
If you do not break the horse’s skull
the horse will no longer be able to trot.
Evelyne Diels, Quinten Goethals
Comment The epigram also occurs in Vat. Pal. gr. 367, f. 139r (14th c.), where it does not function as a book epigram.
Number of verses 4
Occurrence(s) [34819] ἵππον ἔχω τρέχοντα ἐν τῶ λευκῶ πεδίω [15th c.]
ATHOS - Bibliotheke tou Protatou (Karues) 29 [1251-1310] (f. 257v)
(4 verses)
Related type(s) [34820] Ἵππον ἔχω τρέχοντα ἐν λευκῷ πεδίῳ (4 verses) (Variant (other wordings))

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 365: "Aenigma"
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