Abstract : In this paper four brief poetic fragments (from Nicholas Kallikles, Kassia, Christopher of Mytilene and the so-called Στίχοι ἰαμβικοὶ τοῦ Φαλκιδίου) are presented, wich were written in the margins or in the blank spaces of manuscripts from Salento dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. These testimonies were already known through other sources but, until now, had not been identified in the codices examined here. They serve as confirmation that Greek and Byzantine poetry made its way into the Terra d’Otranto not only through the complete reproduction of poems, tragedies, and author collections but also through the occasional transcription of a few verses. Despite their limited nature and placement on the margins, these remnants provide evidence of a wider circulation of books and texts than what is documented in the main works within the manuscripts.
Keywords : Gnomology and wisdom literature, especially the Sententiae Menandri, Salento, Greek Philology, Greek manuscripts, Byzantine Law, Byzantine Poetry, Byzantine philology, S. Kassia of Constantinople, Anthologia Palatina, Theophylact of Ochrid, Greek Manuscripts and Textual Criticism, Basilika, Anthologia Graeca, Greek Manuscripts (Palaeography, Codicology, Text Transmission), Christopher of Mytilene, Nicholas Kallikles