Epigram 9.686

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On the Eastern Gate of Thessalonica

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ἠνορέης ὀλετῆρα ὑπερφιάλου Βαβυλῶνος
καὶ σέλας ἀκτεάνοιο δίκης Βασίλειον ὕπαρχον,
ξεῖνε, νόῳ σκίρτησον, ἰδὼν ἐφύπερθε πυλάων.
εὐνομίης ποτὶ χῶρον ἀριστογένεθλον ὁδεύεις,

βάρβαρον οὐ τρομέεις, οὐκ ἄρρενας ἀρρενοκοίτας.
ὅπλα Λάκων, σὺ δὲ τεῖχος ἔχεις βασίλειον ἄγαλμα.

— Paton edition

Scholia

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Paton Edition: 1 As the terms of the epigram suit the emperor Basil who conquered the Arabs in Mesopotamia and was celebrated as a legislator, it probably refers to him in spite of the title " Prefect" given him.

2 i.e. the Arabs. The Greeks at the time charged the Oriental nations with this vice. There is no reference to measures for its suppression.

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