Type 1936
(formerly typ/55)

Ἑλένῃ ἐκ Θεοῦ εὕρεμα ἐδόθη.
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Text-related epigram
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Helena (saint, mother of Constantine I) (3rd c. - 4th c.)
Tag(s) Reference to content of the book
Critical Notes Ordinem verborum secundum Follieri1979, Montfaucon
Ἑλένης habet Vat. Barb. gr. 462

Ἑλένῃ ἐκ Θεοῦ εὕρεμα ἐδόθη (De Montfaucon 1708, 377; Caravita 1869, 128), εδωθη εκ θεου ευρεμα ελενη (Lake 1939, 10) of Έδόθη εὕρεμα Ἑλένῃ ἐκ Θεοῦ (Bandini I 1961 (repr.), 506
Translation(s) The discovery [i.e. of the cross] was given to Helen from God.
A. Rhoby 2020, Inscriptions and the Byzantine Beholder, in M. Lauxtermann, I. Toth (eds.), Inscribing Texts in Byzantium: Continuities and Transformations, Abingdon, 107-121: 114
Comment The verse is shown written in a four-arm cross form. The verse is read from the centre of the cross. There is some debate about the order of the verses; the arguments of Follieri1979 are convincing, though. In the cod. Abbat. 431, it follows after a writing about the finding of the cross by Saint Helen. In the other codices, it just seems to fulfil a devotional intention.

Number of verses 1

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 217: "In crucem"
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