Type 6991
(formerly typ/4904)

Μῦθος παλαιὸς ὡς Ἄτλας νώτοις φέρει
τὸν οὐρανόν, κάτωθεν ἐκ γῆς ἀνέχων,
σὺ γοῦν ἀκούων, γνῶθι τοῦτ' ἀληγόρως.
Ὅρος γὰρ Ἄτλας, Λιβύης ἐν ἐσχάτοις,
οὗ τὴν κορυφὴν ἐκ νεφῶν κεκρυμμένην,
εἶναι δοκοῦσιν οὐρανοῖς συνημμένην.
Ἐντεῦθεν οὖν Ἕλλησιν ἡ μυθουργία,
Ἄτλαντα νώτοις εἰσαεὶ πόλον φέρειν.
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Text-related epigram
Person(s)
Poet
John Tzetzes (12th c.) - PBW: Ioannes/459/
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Atlas
Comment As mentioned by Zumbo (1996: 276), the epigram is in some manuscripts preceded by a scholion attributing the verses to John Tzetzes: 'Ἄτλας ὄνομα ὅρους ἐν τῇ Λιβύῃ. τινὲς δὲ καὶ ἕτερον Ἄτλαντα εἶναι ἐν τῇ Αἰθιοπίᾳ, ἀλλ' οὐδαμῶς· περὶ δὲ τοῦ ἑνὸς Ἄτλαντος μαρτυρεῖ καὶ ἡ τοῦ Τζέτζου στιχουργία περιέχουσα ὑπόθεσιν οὑτωσὶ ἐκφερομένην·'
Bibliography
Number of verses 8
Occurrence(s)
Acknowledgements
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 475: "Ioann. Tzetzes, De Atlante (schol. in Oppiani Halieutica I 622)"
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