Type 6231
(formerly typ/4210)

Τίς τάδ' ἔγραψεν; 'Σωφρόνιος.' Πόθεν; 'ἐκ Φοινίκης.'
Φοινίκης ποίης; 'τῆς Λιβανοστεφάνου.'
Ἄστυ δὲ ποῖον ἔναιε; 'Δαμασκόν.' Ζῶσι τοκῆες;
'Οὔ. θάνον ἀμφότεροι.' Οὔνομα δ' εἰπὲ δύο.
'Μήτηρ μέν τε Μυρῶ, γενέτης κικλήσκετο Πλύνθας.'
Εἶχε γάμον γλυκερὸν, καὶ τεκέων ἀγέλην;
'Οὔ γάμον οὐ παῖδας σχέθε πώποτε, ἄζυγος ἦεν.'
Πῆ γῆς μονούσας καὶ τίνος ἐν μελάθρῳ;
'Ἐν χθονὶ θειοδόχῳ, καὶ ἐν οὔρεσιν Ἱροσολύμων,
Ἐν μάνδρῃ μεγάλῃ Θευδοσίου μεγάλου.'
Καὶ τίσι τόνδ' ἐτέλεσσε καὶ ἔνθετο θέσκελον ὕμνον;
'Κύρῳ Ἰωάννῃ μάρτυσι θειονόοις.'
Τίπτε δὲ τόσσον ἔτυξε νόου πόνον; 'Οὔνεκα καὐτοῦ
Ὄμμασι νουσαλέοις δῶκαν ἀκεστορίην.'
Title(s) Τοῦ συγγράφοντος
Text source A. Cameron 1983, The Epigrams of Sophronius, The Classical Quarterly, 33, 284-292: 285
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s)
Person(s)
Poet
Sophronios (560 - 11/03/638) (patriarches of Hierosolyma)
Metre(s) Elegiacs
Subject(s)
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Translation(s) Who wrote this? 'Sophronius'. Where did he come from? 'Phoenice.' Which Phoenice? 'Phoenice, crown of Lebanon.' Which city did he live in? 'Damascus.' Are his parents alive? 'No, they are both dead.' Give the name of both. 'His mother was called Myro, his father Plynthas.' Did he have a happy marriage, and a flock of children? 'No marriage or children ever; he was a celibate.' Whereabouts did he spend his monastic days; in whose house? 'In the land that bore our Lord, in the hills of Jerusalem, in the great monastery of the great Theodosius.' And for whom did he write, to whom did he dedicate this marvellous hymn? 'Cyrus and John, the saintly minded martyrs'. Why did he undertake so great a mental effort? 'Because they healed his diseased eyes too.'
Language: English
A. Cameron 1983, The Epigrams of Sophronius, The Classical Quarterly, 33, 284-292: 285
Bibliography
Number of verses 14
Occurrence(s) [24028] τίς τάδ' ἔγραψεν· σωφρόνιος | πόθεν· ἐκ φοινίκης
VATICAN CITY - Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana - Vat. gr. 1607 (f. 33r-33v)
(14 verses)
Acknowledgements
Identification Vassis ICB 2005, 756: "Sophronius patr. Hieros., In miracula ss. Cyri et Ioannis"
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