Medioevo Greco. Rivista di Storia e Filologia Bizantina vol:14 pages:111-118
It is widely known that even fairly recent manuscripts can be valuable, as they may transmit texts which are otherwise preserved in only a very small number of witnesses. This is the case for a codex belonging to the library of the monastery of Dionysiou, on the Holy Mountain: Athous Dionysiou 263, a large paper volume of 301 folios dating from the 17th century. This bulky manuscript contains a wide variety of Byzantine writings, including numerous poems. More specifically, this paper will focus upon the edition and translation of three anonymous and hitherto unknown poems, which are transcribed on ff. 183v-186. The first poem glorifies the Theotokos; the second poem is a funeral epigram for a certain Malaspina; and the third poem ponders on the vanity of the world, a well-known topic in Byzantine poetry.