By Liz James
Constantine of Rhodes's tenth-century poem is an account of public monuments in Constantinople and of the Church of the Holy Apostles. within the beginning component of the paintings, Constantine describes columns and sculptures in the urban, seven of which he calls 'wonders'. within the moment a part of the poem, he portrays the Church of the Holy Apostles, supplying an account of its structure and inner ornament, significantly the mosaics, seven of that are additionally depicted as 'wonders'. On one point, the poem deals an account of what used to be noticeable, a feeling of urban topography and, on the subject of the Apostoleion, an essential description of a now-lost construction. however it can't be learn as an easy description. quite, Constantine's paintings deals insights into Byzantine perceptions of artistic endeavors. The monuments Constantine determined to painting and the ways that he selected to explain them say as a lot, if no more, concerning the social and cultural milieu within which he operated as concerning the genuine actual visual appeal of the monuments themselves. additional, the poem itself, because it survives in a single fifteenth-century manuscript, increases questions: is it, in its present shape, a unmarried poem or is it made of a compilation of Constantine's writings?This publication supersedes the 2 earlier versions of the poem, either courting to 1896, and gives the 1st complete translation of the textual content. It contains a brand new Greek variation of Constantine's poem, with an introductory essay, ready via Ioannis Vassis, and a translation and observation through a bunch of students headed via Liz James. Liz James additionally contributes an intensive dialogue of the 2 special elements of the poem, town monuments and the Church of the Holy Apostles.
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Beg : om. A ὕψος μακρὸν m. c. scripsi (coll. 36) : μακρὸν ὕψος A ἐκτεταμμένον A 184 ἤγειρε A : corr. Beg 185 ἀγαλματουργὸν A : corr. Beg Text and Translation for thus, thus the madmen of old vainly formed the idol of Pallas. 165 170 175 180 185 About the column that bears the cross64 Next, the well-known, divine object of awe, both a wonder and a marvel of the inhabited world, having justly gained fourth place, is the fourfold-shining cross of the Lord. 65 It stands as a trophy bringing victory from all quarters, from land, sea, air, fire, sky, awarding victories of salvation to the city.
Cedren. I 565,23–566,2 Bekker: γυμνοί τε Ἔρωτες ἵστανται προσγελῶντες ἀλλήλοις ἡμέρως καὶ τοῖς κάτω περῶσιν ἐμπαίζοντες. ἄλλοι δὲ ἐποκλάζοντες ἔμπαλιν νέοι, σάλπιγξι χαλκαῖς ἐμφυσῶντες ἀνέμους. 195 cf. 600 196–198 cf. Cedren. I 566,2–3 Bekker: χαλκοῦν δὲ βρέτας ὑψόθεν πετόμενον πνοὰς λιγείας δεικνύει τῶν ἀνέμων. 202–209 cf. Cedren. I 566,4–5 Bekker: Ὅτι τὸν τοῦ ταύρου κίονα ἔστησεν ὁ μέγας Θεοδόσιος, τρόπαια καὶ μάχας ἔχοντα κατὰ Σκυθῶν καὶ βαρβάρων τοῦ αὐτοῦ. 206 cf. 702 –––––––––– 191 not. marg.
I 2,12; Patria Const. II 17 (8) (p. 159,13–17 Preger) 377 cf. 401 385 cf. Georg. Pisid. De van. vit. 1 (PG 92,1581A) –––––––––– 374 ἥπλωσε A : m. c. correxi 377 ἤνεγκε A : corr. Beg 389 σύμμιξιν A : an σύμπηξιν (coll. 93) scribendum?
Constantine of Rhodes, on Constantinople and the Church of the Holy Apostles: With a New Edition of the Greek Text by Ioannis Vassis by Liz James