|Title(s)||Στίχοι ἰαμβικοὶ εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν κλίμακα|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Critical text|
|Subject(s)||John Klimax (6th c. - 7th c.) - PMBZ: 13914: "Personenkennziffer: 2791"|
|Tag(s)||Reference to content of the book|
|Critical Notes||2 γαρ αὐτ(ης) cod.
3 δε cod.
6 ἀναβάθμ(ων) cod.
8 κέχυνε cod.
Iambic verses on the holy ladder
I gaze upon the strange nature and setting of the ladder.
Its stairs consist of virtues
and it leads to heaven in a strange manner,
as the ladder divides the length of such a long track upwards
into only thirty steps.
Also, take a look at the chasm between the rungs,
you who are willing to ascend this ladder safely.
Although it is yawning widely, this still goes unnoticed.
If the separations between the rungs
are abysses that deceitfully present themselves as steps,
then they suddenly throw down into the mouth of hell
those who risk placing their feet in such gaps.
This being the case, it is necessary to have a guide,
who places your feet on the true stairs,
and who calls you back from the delusion of the deep pit.
That way, you will escape the fall with much effort
as you transcend the earth and reach for heaven.
R. Meesters 2016, Ascending the Ladder: Editio Princeps of Four Poems on the Ladder of John Klimakos (Bodleian Baroccianus 141), Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (GRBS), 56, 556-571: 561
|Comment||Text critically edited by Renaat Meesters.
|Number of verses||17|
 Ξένην φύσιν κλίμακο(ς) κ(αὶ) θέσιν βλέπω
OXFORD - Bodleian Library - Barocci 141 (f. 247r)
|Identification||Vassis ICB 2005, 497: "In Ioannis Climaci Scalam Paradisi"|