Type 4355
(formerly typ/2449)

Μυθικὴ βίβλος ἐξ ἰνδικῆς σοφίας
προσενεχθεῖσα πρὸς περσικὴν παιδείαν,
αἰνιγματωδῶς συντείνουσα τὰς πράξεις
πρὸς βιωτικὴν ὠπέλειαν ἀνθρώπων,
μεταβληθεῖσα πρὸς γλῶτταν τῶν Ἑλλήνων
ἐξ ἀραβικοῦ καὶ βαρβαρώδους ὕθλου
παρὰ τοῦ σοφοῦ, ἐνδόξου καὶ μεγάλου,
τοῦ καὶ ἀμηρᾶ τοῦ ῥηγὸς Σικελίας
Καλαβρίας τε, πρίγκιπος Ἰταλίας,
ὅσπερ εὑρηκὼς ὡς γνωστικὸς τοῖς πᾶσι
τοῦτο δέδωκε πρὸς ἡμᾶς τὸ βιβλίον
ὥσπερ δώρημα διδασκαλίας πλέον
εὐγενὴς Εὐγένιος ὁ τῆς Πανόρμου.
Text source M. Lauxtermann 2018, The Eugenian Recension of Stephanites and Ichnelates: Prologue and Paratexts, Νέα Ῥώμη, 15, 55-106: 100-101
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Eugenios of Palermo < Sicily < Southern Italy < Italy (1130 - 1203) (ameras)
Comment Eugenios of Palermo commissioned a translation of 'Stephanites and Ichnelates' into Greek. Lauxtermann (2018: 83): "In the old days before Sjöberg, when people still thought that Symeon Seth had translated the whole lot, the general impression was that Eugenios of Palermo had at best procured a copy of the text and that the prologue could therefore not be by him: the person speaking there had to be Symeon Seth. Now that we know that there were at least three translators: Symeon Seth, the anonymous translator of version Bδ, and Eugenios of Palermo’s team of translators, the problem no longer exists."

The epigram also occurs in the 16th-century manuscripts Vat. Barb. gr. 172 and Par. suppl. gr. 692, and the 17th-century manuscripts Bucurest. 292 and Athos Iberon 1132.
Number of verses 13
Occurrence(s) [20685] Μυθικὴ βίβλος ἐξ ἰνδικῆς σοφιας [1401-1450]
LEIDEN - Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit - Vulc. gr. 93 [1401-1450] (f. 1r)
(13 verses)

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 475: "De donatione libri de Stephanite et Ichnelate ab Eugenio Panormitano"
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Last modified: 2023-10-31.