Occurrence 17203
(formerly occ/336)

Βίβλῳ γραφείσας τῇδε τὰς καθ' ἡμέραν
μνήμας ἑορτὰς τοῦ χρόνου παντὸς βλέπων,
τοῦ ζωγράφου θαύμαζε τὴν εὐτεχνίαν.
καὶ γὰρ νοητὸς ὡς πόλος τὸ βιβλίον
Χριστὸν νοητὸν ἥλιον μέσον φέρει,
καὶ πανσέληνον τὴν τεκοῦσαν παρθένον,
ὡς ἀστέρας κύκλῳ δὲ φρυκτωρουμένους
πάντων δικαίων τῶν ἀπ' αἰῶνος χορούς,
τοὺς εὐαρεστήσαντας αὐτῷ γνησίως.
πίστις δὲ ταῦτα καὶ πονεῖ καὶ προσφέρει,
καὶ ποτνιᾶται καὶ νεουργεῖ καὶ γράφει
Ζαχαρίου καλογήρου τοῦ Ἰβήρου. ὦ θεῖος ἔρως.
Type(s) [1905] Βίβλῳ γραφείσας τῇδε τὰς καθ' ἡμέραν (12 verses)
Text source I. Ševčenko 1962, The Illuminators of the Menologium of Basil II, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 16, 245-276: 273-274
Text status Text completely known
Date 1030
Manuscript TBILISI - Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts - A 648 [1030]
Place in Manuscript (unsure) f. 71r -- (alt.) p. 142
Zacharias (11th c.) - PMBZ: 30652: "Personenkennziffer: 28497"
Palaeographical information Verse initials written in cinnabar ink (Kondakov 1890: 166).
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Comment Ševčenko (1962: 274) assumes that Zacharias is the copyist, and remarks on the faulty scansion of the last verse (n.97 infra). However, according to a number of other scholars (see i.a. Kondakov 1890: 170, Žordanija 1902: 132), Zacharias is not a simple monk, but the commissioner of the manuscript and a bishop of Valashkert (Alashkert): 'დამკვეთი: ზაქარია ვალაშკერტელი (10 fr, 72 fr) <...> Benefactor: Zakaria Valašk‛ert‛eli (10 fr, 72 fr),' Otkhmezuri, ed. (2018: 90).

It is still unclear whether the Georgian and Greek colophon refer to the same Zacharias, but it is the most likely scenario.

This epigram may have referred to the miniatures of the manuscript, however the codex is heavily abridged, and many miniatures have been lost. There is no mention of this iconographic imagery in the catalogues. Christ is compared to the sun, Maria to the moon and the apostles to the stars.
Number of verses 12

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