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Title: Amrus Philosophus Graecus
Subtitle: A New Witness to the Syriac Sentences of Menander
Author(s): ARZHANOV, Yury
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 130 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2017
The article presents a Syriac collection of sentences similar to the florilegium which has become known as the Syriac Menander. The new collection, attributed to the 'Greek philosopher Amrus', is found on the fly-leaves of the ms. BL Add. 14598. It turns out to have been derived from the version which is preserved in the ms. BL Add. 14658. The modifications found in the new witness may be explained by scribal carelessness and as the product of deliberate alteration. Thus the collection of the ms. BL Add. 14598 provides us with an insight into the afterlife of the Syriac Menander. It also gives witness of the usage of the moral maxims in Syriac monastic communities.