Type 4616
(formerly typ/2695)

Ἄλλοι μὲν ἄλλους τῶν πάλαι βασιλέων,
αὑτοῖς προαφώρισαν εἰς ταφὴν τόπους·
ἐγὼ δὲ Βασίλειος, πορφύρας γόνος,
ἵστημι τύμβον ἐν τόπῳ γῆς Ἑβδόμου
καὶ σαββατίζο τῶν ἀμετρήτων πόνων
οὓς ἐν μάχαις ἔστεργον, οὓς ἐκαρτέρουν.
οὐ γάρ τις εἶδεν ἠρεμοῦν ἐμὸν δόρυ,
ἀφ' οὗ βασιλεὺς οὐρανῶν κέκληκέ με
αὐτοκράτορα γῆς μέγα βασιλέα,
ἀλλ' ἀγρυπνὸν ἅπαντα τὸν ζωῆς χρόνον
Ῥώμης τὰ τέκνα τοῖς νέας ἐρυόμην
ὁτὲ στρατεύων ἀνδρικῶς πρὸς ἑσπέραν,
ὁτὲ πρὸς αὐτοὺς τοὺς ὅρους τοὺς τῆς ἕω.
καὶ μαρτυροῦσι τοῦτο Πέρσαι καὶ Σκύθαι,
συν οἷς Ἀβασγός, Ἰμαήλ, Ἄραψ, Ἴβηρ.
καὶ νῦν ὁρῶν, ἄνθρωπε, τόνδε τὸν τάφον
εὐχαῖς ἀμείβου τὰς ἐμὰς στρατηγίας.
Title(s) Στίχοι ἐπιτάφιοι εἰς τὸν τάφον κυροῦ Βασιλείου τοὺ Βουλγαροκτόνου καὶ βασιλέως
Text source S. Mercati 1970, Sull'epitafio di Basilio II Bulgaroctonos, in S. Mercati (ed.), Collectanea Byzantina (vol. 2), Bari, 226-231: 230-231
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Basileios II (958 - 15/12/1025) - PMBZ: 22991: "Personenkennziffer: 20838" (basileus)
Tag(s) Death
Comment The epigram is preserved also in Marc. gr. 482 (f. 52v; end 13th c.) and Ambr. A 78 inf. (f. 2v; 1374), where it does not function as a book epigram.
Bibliography
Number of verses 17
Occurrence(s) [25953] Ἄλλοι μὲν ἄλλους τῶν πάλαι βασιλέων
VENICE - Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana - gr. app. VII 12 (f. 355v)
(17 verses)
Acknowledgements
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 31: "In sepulcrum Basilii II imp."
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