|Text source||J. Bértola 2021, Ephraim of Ainos at work: a cycle of epigrams in the margins of Niketas Choniates, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 114(3), 929-1000: 980|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Critical text|
Persia before brought to Christ, the Word, creator of mortals,
gifts, incense, gold and myrrh.
Now to you, emperor, the leaders of the Persian tribes (Arabs)
carry gold and stones and pearls,
among which there was an astonishing shining stone (lychnites),
truly bearing the shape of the cross,
in which an artful hand and a chisel with divine love
for the sake of beauty wove engraved letters.
There is nothing better than this, nor even equal, among the things in life.
|Comment||The poem comments on Niketas Choniates' History 30.90-2.|
|Number of verses||9|
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|Identification||Vassis ICB 2005, 614: "Scholium in Historiam Nicetae Choniatae (de imagine s. crucis)"|