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.) - RGK: - VGH: - PBE: - PBW: - PLP: - PMBZ:
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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