Introduction. The author and his works ; Manuscript tradition ; The relation between the manuscripts ; Metre ; Spelling of enclitics ; Editorial principles
[Stichoi diaphoro] = Various verses, the work of 11th century Byzantine poet Christophoros Mitylenaios is a collection of originally 2856 verses, divided over 145 poems, handed down in 40 manuscripts. Set in chronological order, they treat a wide range of persons and subjects: emperors and imperial dignitaries, patriarchs and other religious figures such as saints and Church Fathers, family members and friends, edifices, icons, statues and other works of art, scenes taken from the day to day life in Constantinople (circus, religious feasts, traditions), and themes concerning nature along with panegyrics and elegies, riddles and satires. The Various verses collection was first published in 1887 in Rome by Antonio Rocchi. This edition, mainly based on manuscripts G and V, showed, however numerous errors, both in the Greek text and in the accompanying commentary. In 1903 Eduard Kurtz provided a new edition in Leipzig under the title Die Gedichte des Christophoros Mitylenaios based on 25 manuscripts. More poems were discovered later. Marc De Groote provides a new scholarly edition in this volume, basing his research on a total of 40 manuscripts and provides a four-part apparatus of source citations, parallels, manuscript sources and textual variants.
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2018.
Book — xxii, 601 pages ; 21 cm.
"The witty and self-assertive poetry of Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous provides unique snapshots of eleventh-century Constantinople at the height of its splendor and elegance. Their collections, aptly called 'various verses,' greatly range in length and style--including epigrams, polemics, encomia, and more--and their poems were written for a broad range of social occasions such as court ceremonies, horse races, contests between schools, and funerals. Some were inscribed on icons and buildings. Their poems honored patrons and friends, debunked rivals, or offered satirical portraits of moral types in contemporary society. In some remarkable introspective poems, Mauropous carefully shaped a narrative of his life and career, while Christopher's body of work is peppered with riddles and jocular wordplay. This volume is the first English translation of these Byzantine Greek collections. It is a natural choice to place Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous together in one volume. Although they never explicitly refer to each other, they write about the same time period, the same places, the same persons, also largely sharing the same style, genres, and intellectual profile. Their poems display a sense of wit and a personal voice that is rarely encountered in Byzantine poetry. They bear eminent witness to the eventful times they lived in and provide a vivid image of contemporary court life and of the city of Constantinople."-- Provided by publisher.