Type 5718
(formerly typ/3747)

Αἰὼν ὁ μακρὸς ὥσπερ ἄνθη τοὺς λόγους
ἁπανταχοῦ γῆς ἔσχεν ἐσκεδασμένους,
ἀνθοῦντας, οὐ πέμποντας εὔπνοον χάριν.
Τὰ νῦν δὲ τούτοις εὐστεφὴς Κωνσταντῖνος
δρέψας, ἀγείρας ἐμμελεῖ μουσουργίᾳ
προύθηκε πᾶσιν θελκτικὴν εὐοσμίαν,
ὅσοις λόγου μέτεστιν, εὐώδεις λόγους.
Ὅν τοῖς λόγοις στέφωμεν ὡς λόγων φίλον.
Ἀσυγκρίτως γὰρ ἐν μέδουσιν ἐκπρέπει,
λάμπων, προφαίνων χρηστότητα τοῦ κράτους
γίγας φεραυγὴς ὥσπερ ἡλίου φάος
ἐχθροῖς ἅπασιν, εὐνόοις θ’ ὑπηκόοις.
Οὐκοῦν βοάτω πρὸς θεὸν πᾶς τις μέροψ·
'Τιθωνὸν αὐτὸν δεῖξον ἄλλον ἐν χρόνοις,
ὡς ἂν τὰ λῷστα τῷ βίῳ συνεισφέροι.'
Title(s) Ἴαμβοι σημαίνοντες τὴν βασιλικὴν ἀγωγήν
Text source T. Büttner-Wobst, 1906, Excerpta historica iussu imp. Constantini Porphyrogeniti confecta. Excerpta de virtutibus et vitiis (vol. 2.1), Berolini: 3
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Genre(s)
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Konstantinos VII Porphyrogennetos (17/05/905-18/05/905 - 09/11/959) - PBW: Konstantinos/7/ - PMBZ: 25888: "Personenkennziffer: 23734"
Tag(s)
Critical Notes 8 στέφωμεν ] στέφοιμεν Valesius
Translation(s) IAMBIC POEM MANIFESTING TRUE ROYAL CONDUCT
1. The long passage of time has scattered texts,
like flowers, everywhere about the earth.
Blossoming, they did not transmit their sweet-smelling grace.
But now, crowned well by them, Konstantinos plucked some
5. and, composing melodious musical poetry,
set an enchanting aroma and fragrant texts
before all who partake of higher culture.
Let us wreath him with our words, that lover of words.
He stands out incomparable among rulers,
10. shining, manifesting beneficial power,
a Giant bringing the dawn like the light of the sun,
to all his enemies and to his loyal subjects alike.
Thus, let all men who have a voice cry out to God,
“Make him another Tithonos of longevity,
15. so that he can bring better things into our lives.”
Language: English
A. Kaldellis, 2015, Byzantine Readings of Ancient Historians, Abingdon and New York: 44
Bibliography
Number of verses 15
Occurrence(s) [23002] Αἰὼν ὁ μακρὸς ὥσπερ ἄνθη τοὺς λόγους
TOURS - Bibliothèque Municipale 980 ()
(15 verses)
Acknowledgements
Contributor(s)
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 24: "In laudem Constantini VII Porfyrogeniti"
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Last modified: 2019-11-06.