Type 3452
(formerly typ/1584)

Ὁ ταξιάρχης στρατιωτῶν τῶν ἄνω
ἐκ τῶν ἀδύτων οὐρανοῦ σφαιρωμάτων
ἄρτι κατιὼν πτηνὸς αἰθεροδρόμος,
Ἐδὲμ καθάπερ τοῦ ναοῦ τηρεῖ πύλας
γυμνὴν ἀβάλε δεξιᾷ φέρων σπάθην
τί τοῦτο δηλῶν, ἢ τομὴν ὀλεθρίαν
τοῖς μὴ καθαροῖς, μηδὲ χωρὶς σπιλάδων.
Προσχῶμεν οὐκοῦν, μὴ διχασθῶμεν φίλοι.
Title(s) Εἰς τὸν ἀρχιστράτηγον ἑστῶτα πρὸ τῶν πυλῶν καὶ σπάθην ἐπιφερόμενον
Text source E. Cougny, 1890, Epigrammatum Anthologia Palatina cum Planudeis et Appendice nova epigrammatum veterum ex libris et marmoribus ductorum (vol. 3), Paris: 426
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Image-related epigram
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Archangel
Translation(s) In militiae caelestis principem stantem ante portas et ensem inferentem.
Ductor militum qui sunt in altis
ex inaccessis caeli orbibus
nuper descendens alatus aetherio-cursu,
Eden, tanquam templi, servat fores,
nudum, eheu! dextra gerens gladium,
quasi hoc monstrans aut caedem exitialem
illis qui non puri sunt neque citra scopulos.
Adhibeamus igitur mentem, ne separemur amici.
Language
Latin
Source(s)
E. Cougny, 1890, Epigrammatum Anthologia Palatina cum Planudeis et Appendice nova epigrammatum veterum ex libris et marmoribus ductorum (vol. 3), Paris: 426
Comment = Anth. Gr. Append. IV.142

The epigram is also to be found in the MS Madrid, BNE 4715 (https://pinakes.irht.cnrs.fr/notices/cote/40191/), a. 1552, f. 151r.
Bibliography
Number of verses 8
Occurrence(s) [19371] ὁ ταξιάρχης στρατιωτῶν τῶν ἄνω [15th c.]
FLORENCE - Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (BML) - Plut. 31, Cod. 3 [1276-1400] (f. 26v)
(8 verses)
Acknowledgements
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 556: "In archangelum ante portas stantem et gladium ferentem"
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