Type 1903
(formerly typ/29)

Ἀφεὶς τελώνης τὰς δεκάτας ὠνίων
πράως δεκατοῖ τὴν Χριστοῦ γεναρχίαν.
Μάρκος, λέων Λόγου δε, βάπτισμα γράφει
καὶ πᾶν τὸ θαῦμα μέχρις εἰς πόλου δρόμον.
Ὁ βοῦς δὲ Χριστοῦ, Λουκᾶς αὐλακεργάτης,
Χριστοῦ γένος, θαύματα καὶ πόλου δρόμον.
Ὁ δ’ ἀσπαλιεὺς τὸν βυθὸν παρεὶς κάτω
γράφει τὸ βάθος τῆς ἄνω θεωρίας.
Title(s) Στίχοι ἰαμβικοί
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Not a critical text
Genre(s) Author-related epigram
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s) Four Evangelists
Tag(s) Praise of the author
Translation(s) The publican has ceased taking tithe of goods
and now gently takes tithe of the genealogy of Christ.
Mark, the lion of the Word, writes about the baptism
and the whole miracle until the Ascension.
The ox of Christ, Luke, the ploughman,
writes about the birth of Christ, his miracles and Ascension.
The angler, having left the deep water below,
now writes about the depth of the higher contemplation.
K. Bentein, F. Bernard, K. Demoen, M. De Groote 2010, New Testament Book Epigrams, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 103(1), 13-23: 14
Number of verses 8
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