Theodore Metochites on the Human Condition and the Decline of Rome
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Theodore Metochites on the Human Condition and the Decline of Rome

By Karin Hult (translator)
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A critical edition, with English translation and notes, of chapters 27–60 of the Semeioseis gnomikai (“Sententious notes”), a collection of 120 essays by the Byzantine statesman and scholar Theodore Metochites (1270–1332).

The edition is based on three manuscripts, which are briefly presented in the introduction. P (Par. gr. 2003, Paris) and M (Marc. gr. 532, Venice) were both written in the early fourteenth century; E (Scor. gr. 248, Escorial) is a sixteenth-century copy of M.

After the edition, with accompanying English translation and notes, the book is concluded with a bibliography and three indexes: of quoted passages, Greek words, and Greek names.

Several of the essays in this volume contain laments on the reduced state of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), and on the vicissitudes of human life and fortune. A group of short essays describe the pleasure of beholding Creation and one of the longest discusses the pros and cons of having been born, i.e. of life.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The manuscripts
  • The relation between the manuscripts
  • The edition of Müller and Kiessling
  • The present volume
  • Essays in the present volume
  • Text, Translation and Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Passages
  • Index of Greek Words
  • Index of Greek Names
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