Type 5030
(formerly typ/3084)

Ἄρξου χείρ μου ἀγαθή,
γράφε γράμματα καλά,
μὴ δαρθῇς καὶ λυπηθῇς
καὶ ὕστερον μετανοήσῃς.
Text source DBBE (based on occurrence ἄρξου χῆρ μου ἀγαθεὶ)
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Scribe-related epigram
Metre(s) Heptasyllable
Translation(s) Begin, good hand of mine,
write beautiful letters,
so you are not beaten and hurt,
and later feel regret.
Maria Tomadaki - RGK: - VGH: - PBE: - PBW: - PLP: - PMBZ: , Lev Shadrin - RGK: - VGH: - PBE: - PBW: - PLP: - PMBZ: , Floris Bernard - RGK: - VGH: - PBE: - PBW: - PLP: - PMBZ:
Comment This epigram appears predominantly in late-/post-Byzantine manuscripts, where it often functions as a probatio pennae with multiple iterations and comprises from one to four verses. A number of occurrences feature a variant reading for verse 4: 'καὶ εἰς τὸν φόρον ἐντραπῇς ] τὸ φῶρον'.
Number of verses 4

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