Type 4241
(formerly typ/2338)

Μὴ τεμνέτω τις τὰ φύλλα τῶν βιβλίων,
γράμμασιν αἰτῶ, κἂν σιγᾷ μου τὸ στόμα.
τί; σοὶ δοκοῦσιν εὐτελῆ τὰ χαρτία;
ἀλλὰ τὸ κρίμα τοῦ τέμνειν ἐστὶ μέγα.
Text source E. Kourilas 1935, Τὰ κειμηλαρχεῖα καὶ ἡ βιβλιοθήκη τῆς ἐν Ἄθῳ Μονῆς Μεγίστης Λαύρας ἐν κινδύνῳ, Ἐπετηρὶς Ἑταιρείας Βυζαντινῶν Σπουδῶν (EEBS), 11, 306-345: 326
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Translation(s) You! Do not dare to cut pages out of books.
I am warning you. With letters, as my mouth keeps silent.
Why? They seem unimportant to you, these sheets?
Make no mistake. Cutting them out is a serious, serious crime.
Language: English
DBBE (last accessed: 2021-11-13).
Comment A similar expression to the first verse occurs in a prose colophon in the codex Laura Γ 122 (f. 492). Its text is available at the "Σημειώματα-Κώδικες" website of the University of Athens: http://simeiomata-kodikon.arch.uoa.gr/index.php/simeioma/1554 (last accessed on 15/06/2020).
Number of verses 4
Related type(s) [4268] Μὴ κοπτέτω τις τὰ φύλλα τῶν βιβλίων (1 verse)
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 464: "Librarii nota"
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Last modified: 2021-01-09.