Type 4241
(formerly typ/2338)

Μὴ τεμνέτω τις τὰ φύλλα τῶν βιβλίων,
γράμμασιν αἰτῶ, κἂν σιγᾷ μου τό 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
Genre(s) Reader-related epigram
Person(s)
Poet
Theodoulos
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Tag(s)
Translation(s) Do not cut the leaves of books.
I ask you with letters, even though my mouth is silent.
Why? The sheets seem worthless to you?
But the crime of cutting them is big.
Language: English
DBBE (last accessed: 2021-11-13).
Bibliography
Number of verses 4
Occurrence(s)
Related type(s)
Acknowledgements
Contributor(s)
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 464: "Librarii nota"
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Last modified: 2019-12-11.