|Text source||S. De Groot 2021, Readers' Perspectives on Early Christian Texts. Book Epigrams in the Byzantine Manuscripts of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Gent: 132-133|
|Text status||Text completely known|
|Editorial status||Critical text|
|Subject(s)||Pseudo-Dionysios the Areopagite (5th c. - 6th c.)|
You brought together the splendour of justice, as is right,
And you lead it under the best yokes, in a moral way.
On the hill of the sophists, Father, in the ways of Ares,
You dispose yourself towards the inferior
And you smash with words the twists of deceit,
averting all injustice with the laws.
Now, see, you have anointed your mind with higher knowledge,
And you have looked keenly at the immaterial beings.
Speeches, laws, sophism, court, office,
You have reasonably subjected to the divine laws.
You no longer strive against unjust assaults,
You no longer pursue murderers, as before,
You no longer distribute the possession of goods to their legitimate owners,
After having dragged them away with severity from unjust hands,
so that you would depend on the foundations of the soul,
And oppose the physical in a physical way.
But you left those things to the people below,
And you subjected yourself steadfastly to tortures.
Oh, how you carry your decapitation in a straight way,
So that you escape through this the burden of the flesh,
And you become a heaven-traverser on spiritual wings.
|Number of verses||21|
|Identification||Vassis ICB 2005, 487: "In Dionys. Areopagitam"|