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
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"
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!
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.
Number of verses 6

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 467: "Ioannes ep. Melitenae, In Ioannem Tzimiscem"
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Last modified: 2021-10-14.