Type 33760

Κιβωτὸς ὦδε κατακλυσμὸς ὑδάτων·
κόρακες ἄλλοι Νῶε καὶ πανσπερμία·
καὶ ῥῆμα παλαίφατον εἰς πέρας τρέχει·
σκηνὴ κιβωτὸς τῶν ἀνακτόρων νέα·
ῥαγδαιοτάτων ἀπλετάτων ὑδάτων,
χύσις, ὕσις, σύρροια, τῆς σκηνῆς κλύσις·
ἀρχηγέτης δὲ Νῶε, τῶν ἀστῶν ἄναξ·
βουνῶν κοράκων τῶν παρωνυμουμένων
μέσον πεσὼν, ἔστησε τοὺς μακροὺς δρόμους·
ἡ δ’ αὖ ἀπείρου στρατιᾶς πανσπερμία
τὸν ἀνδριάντα τῆς στρατηγίας νέκυν
πρὸς τὴν βασιλεύουσαν ἀνάγει πόλιν.
Text source J. Bértola 2021, Ephraim of Ainos at work: a cycle of epigrams in the margins of Niketas Choniates, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 114(3), 929-1000: 988-989
Text status Text completely known
Editorial status Critical text
Genre(s) Text-related epigram
Person(s)
Poet
Ephraim of Ainos < Thrace (13th c. - 14th c.) - PLP: III.6408
Metre(s) Dodecasyllable
Subject(s)
Tag(s)
Translation(s) Here is the ark, the flood of waters,
other crows, Noah and the variety of species.
And the old prophecy is being fulfilled:
the royal camp is the new ark;
the stream of most furious, immeasurable waters,
the rain, the accumulation of water is the inundation of the camp;
and the leader Noah is the king of citizens,
who, falling in the middle of the mountains
so-called “crows”, stopped a long course;
and in turn the variety of the immense army
brings the deceased, a model of military command,
back to the imperial city.
Language
English
Source(s)
J. Bértola 2021, Ephraim of Ainos at work: a cycle of epigrams in the margins of Niketas Choniates, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 114(3), 929-1000: 989
Comment The poem comments on Niketas Choniates' History 41.7-16.
Bibliography
Number of verses 12
Acknowledgements
Creator(s)
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