Type 5341
(formerly typ/3383)

Ἀνιστορήσας τοὺς σοφοὺς διδασκάλους
καὶ τὸν Θεοδώρητον αὐτοῖς συγγράφω
ὡς ἄνδρα θεῖον, ὡς διδάσκαλον μέγαν,
ὡς ἀκράδαντον ὀρθοδοξίας στύλον.
Εἰ δ’ ἐκλονήθη μικρὸν ἐκ τινὸς τύχης,
ἄνθρωπος ἦν. Ἄνθρωπε, μὴ κατακρίνῃς·
οὐ γὰρ τοσοῦτον δυσσεβὴς ἦν ὁ κλόνος,
ὅσον μετεῖχε τῆς ἐριστικῆς βίας.
Τί γὰρ Κύριλλον πανταχοῦ νικᾶν ἔδει,
καὶ δογματιστὴν ὄντα καὶ λογογράφον;
Ὅμως δὲ τοῦτο καὶ διώρθωται πάλιν.
Τὰ δ’ ἄλλα πάντα τῶν μεγίστων ποιμένων
βλέπων τὸν ἄνδρα μηδενὸς λελειμμένον
ἐνταῦθα τούτοις εἰκότως συνεγγράφω.
Title(s) Εἰς τοὺς ἁγίους πατέρας ἱστορημένους, ἐν οἷς ἦν καὶ ὁ Θεοδώρητος
Text source P. de Lagarde, 1882, Iohannis Euchaitorum metropolitae quae in codice Vaticano graeco 676 supersunt, Göttingen: 27
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
John Mauropous (1001 - 1075-1081) - PBW: Ioannes/289/
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Translation(s) Making an image of the wise teachers,
I also depict Theodoret among them,
since he was a divine man, a great teacher,
and an unshakable pillar of orthodoxy.
If perhaps he wavered because of some incident,
well, he was human. So, being human, don’t you condemn him.
His wavering was not so impious,
but was rather due to the violence of the dispute.
Why should Cyril always win,
being both a dogmatist and an author?
But this has also been set straight.
In my view, this man is in all respects
equal to the greatest shepherds, and therefore,
it is fitting that I represent him in their company.
F. Bernard, C. Livanos, 2018, The Poems of Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous, Cambridge (MA): 419
Comment The epigram also occurs in London, British Library, Add. 10070 (f. 1v) as an 18th-century addition by Nikolaos Karatzas.
Number of verses 14

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Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 58: "In ss. patres depictos, inter quos erat ipse Theodoretus"
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Last modified: 2022-09-16.