Type 33741

Οὐδὲν λύπης κάκιον ὡς φθισιμβρότου,
ἥττων περ ἧς δέδεικτο καὶ Ἰωάννης,
ἥρως ἀνὴρ, ἄντικρυς ῥηξήνωρ Ἄρης,
ὁπλιτοπάλας μαχεσίκλονος μόνος·
λιπὼν περιφάνειαν οἰκείου γένους,
ἀνακτορικὸν καὶ χριστώνυμον σέβας·
οὗ χεῖρον οὐδὲν, ὢ τόλμης, ὢ τῆς λύπης·
τάλας, ὃς ἐξ ἧς καὶ θεοῦ διεζύγη.
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: 984
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Genre(s) Text-related epigram
Person(s)
Poet
Ephraim of Ainos < Thrace (13th c. - 14th c.) - PLP: III.6408
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
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Translation(s) Nothing is worse than the man-destroying grief,
which not even John proved he could resist,
truly a hero, an Ares, breaker of the ranks of men,
heavy-armoured, who raises alone the din of battle.
He left behind the fame of his family lineage
and the royal worship that bears the name of Christ.
There is nothing worse than this! Oh, recklessness! Oh, grief!
Wretched he who by this was even separated from God!
Language
English
Source(s)
J. Bértola 2021, Ephraim of Ainos at work: a cycle of epigrams in the margins of Niketas Choniates, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 114(3), 929-1000: 984-985
Comment The poem comments on Niketas Choniates' History 35.39-36.71.
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Number of verses 8
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