The epigrams of Leo the Philosopher
Author: Baldwin, Barry
Source: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Volume 14, 1990 , pp. 1-18(18)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:These notes are intended as both compliment and complement to the recent and admirable paper of L.G. Westerink Leo as scientist and scholar has received his due in modern times, whereas his contribution to the Byzantine epigram tends to be belittled or ignored. Thus Hunger leaves him out of his survey of the genre, even whilst acknowledging the epigrammatic attacks upon him by his own pupil Constantine the Sicilian, whilst Trypanis can do no better than ‘He composed a number of epigrams, mainly on the mathematical, astronomical, and philosophical books he had acquired; among them there is also one strange and apparently improper epigram addressed to his mother’. Neglect on this scale borders on traducement. Not that anyone is going to claim that Leo was a great poet. But an inspection of his themes, sources, and language will show that he deserves better than this. I am not (of course) implying any criticism of Westerink, whose purpose was to publish an editio princeps of Leo's hexameter poem Job, subjoining the epigrams (in his own words) for convenient reference and comparison.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1990-01-01