Type 6255
(formerly typ/4227)

Ἕσπετε τοῦδε μόνως λαοί ποιήματα πάντες·
ῥήματα τῶν ἄλλων πρῶτον Ὅμηρος ἔφη·
γνώμης ὅσσα Μάρων ἀγαθοῦ καὶ νοήματος εἶπεν·
ἤ τις ῥητήρων· ταῦτα καὶ μοῦνος ᾄδει·
ταῖς ἀγοραῖς γνώμην, ἀρετὰς πολεμοῦσιν ὀπάζεις·
ἱερὰ θεῶν ῥέξας· πᾶσι καὶ κόσμον ἔχεις
δείξας Ἀχιλλῆος νικᾶσθαι ῥεῖα μαχοῦντας·
φάντας Ὀδυσσῆος· σοῦ παρὰ πάντα νόον·
ἥλιος οὐρανόθεν σελαγεῖ· φῶς γῆθεν Ὁμήρου
ἄκτισιν ἠέλιος· φρεσσὶν Ὅμηρε πρέπεις.
Ὅστις ἄρα πρώτην ἀρνεῖται δόξα Ὁμήρῳ·
πῶς ἀγαθὸν τοῦτον, πῶς καὶ φρονοῦντα λέγω;
Title(s) In laudationem Homeri
Text source D. Murphy 1998, Greek Epigrams and Manuscripts of Damiano Guidotto of Venice, Renaissance Studies, 12, 476-494: 477-478
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Author-related epigram
Person(s)
Poet
Damianus Guidotus of Venice < Veneto < Italy (15th-16th c.) - RGK: I.89, II.119 - VGH: 438.A
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s)
Tag(s)
Translation(s) All you peoples, recount the poems of his man only.
Homer spoke words first among the other.
Whatever things of wisdom and good sense Vergil spoke,
Or any of the orators, these things also he alone signs.
You give wisdom in the forum and virtues to warriors,
performing the holy works of the gods; and you have honor
in the eyes of all,
Showing fighters easily bested by Achilles,
Speakers by Odysseus, [but showing] your own mind
as surpassing all.
The sun gleams from the sky; the light from the earth is
Homer’s sun with its rays. Homer, you excel in thought.
Whoever then denies first glory to Homer,
how shall I call him good, and how wise?.
Language: English
D. Murphy 1998, Greek Epigrams and Manuscripts of Damiano Guidotto of Venice, Renaissance Studies, 12, 476-494: 477-478
Bibliography
Number of verses 12
Occurrence(s) [21374] Ἕσπετε τοῦδε μόνως λαοί ποιήματα πάντες
NEW YORK - Columbia University Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Plimpton MS 3 (f. 70v)
(12 verses)
Acknowledgements
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