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DBBE ID
typ/2469




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Τῆς μουσικῆς ἔλεξε Βακχεῖος γέρων
τόνους, τρόπους, μέλη τε καὶ συμφωνίας.
Τούτῳ συνῳδὰ Διονύσιος γράφων
τὸν παμμέγιστον δεσπότην Κωνσταντῖνον
σοφὸν ἐραστὴν δείκνυσι τεχνημάτων.
Τὸν τῶν ἁπάντων γὰρ σοφῶν παιδευμάτων
ἐφευρετήν τε καὶ δότην πεφηνότα
ταύτης προσῆκεν οὐδαμῶς εἶναι ξένον.
Title
Text status
Provisional text
Based on
Greek title
Poet
Dionysios
Subject
  • Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos
  • Bacchius
Genre
Patron-related epigram
Keywords
  • Dedication
Metre
Dodecasyllable
Critical notes
Translation(s)
Cougny (1890: 331):
'Musicae dixit Bacchius senex
tonos, modos, partesque et symphonias.
Illi consona Dionysius scribens
omnino-maximum dominum Constantinum
sapientem amatorem praebet arte-factorum operum.
Qui omnium enim sapientium operum arte-factorum
inventorque et dator apparuit,
hujus minime eum decuit esse ignarum'.

Cameron (1984: 256-257):
'Old Bacchius told of the tones, tropes, melodies, and symphonies of music. Dionysius wrote an accompaniment to him and revealed the almighty emperor Constantine a discerning lover of the craft. For it was in no fitting for a man shown to be the discoverer and giver of every department of culture and wisdom to be a stranger to this art [sc. music]'.
Other ID's
Vassis (2005: 742): ’Dionysius, In Constantinum (VII) imp.’
Comments
= Anth. Gr. Append. III.244
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Last modified: 2016-09-14