|Type(s)|| 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|
|Manuscript||TBILISI - Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts - A 648 |
|Place in Manuscript||(unsure) f. 71r -- (alt.) p. 142|
|Palaeographical information||Verse initials written in cinnabar ink (Kondakov 1890: 166).|
|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|