Type 3474
(formerly typ/1599)

Μικρὸν χρόνον τὸ κέρδος εὑρὼν τοῦ φόνου
κεῖσαι τάφῳ νῦν δεξιὰν ᾑμαγμένος.
Ἔκτεινας ἄνδρα καὶ σὺν αὐτῷ τὰς πόλεις
κοιμώμενον λέοντα πυγμαῖος πίθηξ.
Τί σοι τὸ λοιπόν; ἀντὶ ῥευστοῦ τοῦ θρόνου
μένει τά πικρά· φεῦ πικρῶν βουλευμάτων.
Title(s) Εἰς τὸν Τζιμισκήν
Text source W. Hörandner 1970, Miscellanea epigrammatica, Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik (JÖB), 19, 109-119: 115
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Genre(s) Reader-related epigram
Person(s)
Poet
John of Melitene < Cappadocia (951-1000) - PMBZ: 25315: "Personenkennziffer: 23161" (metropolites of Melitene < Cappadocia)
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) John I Tzimiskes (925 - 10/01/976) - PMBZ: 24932: "Personenkennziffer: 22778"
Tag(s)
Critical Notes 1 φόνου ] βίου Bandini, Cougny, Laur. Plut. 31.37
2 κεῖσαι ] κεῖσθαι Miller
5 λοιπόν ] μέλλον Bandini, Cougny, Laur. Plut. 31.37; τοῦ θρόνου ] γὰρ βίου Bandini, Cougny, Laur. Plut. 31.37
6 πικρά ] φρικτὰ Bandini, Cougny φρυκτὰ Laur. Plut. 31.37; πικρῶν ] κακῶν Bandini, Cougny, Laur. Plut. 31.37
Translation(s) In parvum tempus lucro invento vitae,
occidisti virum et cum eo civitates.
Quodnam tibi futurum? nempe pro fluxa vita
jaces in sepulcro: nunc dextra cruentata,
dormientem leonem pygmaeus pumilio oppressit.
Manent horrenda. Proh mala consilia!
Language: Latin
E. Cougny, 1890, Epigrammatum Anthologia Palatina cum Planudeis et Appendice nova epigrammatum veterum ex libris et marmoribus ductorum (vol. 3), Paris: 333
Comment = Anth. Gr. Append. III.260

According to Hörandner (1970: 113), this epigram can be ascribed to Ioannes Geometres. In ms. Marc. gr. app. XI 22 it has been transmitted in a collection of poems of Ioannes Mauropus and Ioannes Geometres. The two occurrences linked to this type come from ms. Laur. Plut. 31.37, where the poem functions as a book epigram. These occurrences have some small variations, which give the epigram a more general meaning.
Bibliography
Number of verses 6
Occurrence(s)
Acknowledgements
Contributor(s)
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 467: "Ioannes ep. Melitenae, In Ioannem Tzimiscem"
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