Epigram 9.779

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On the Base of the Sun-dial in the Arch of the Basilica

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δῶρον Ἰουστίνοιο τυραννοφόνου βασιλῆος
καὶ Σοφίης ἀλόχου, φέγγος ἐλευθερίης,
ὡράων σκοπίαζε σοφὸν σημάντορα χαλκὸν
αὐτῆς ἐκ μονάδος μέχρι δυωδεκάδος,

ὅντινα συληθέντα Δίκης θρόνον ἡνιοχεύων
εὗρεν Ἰουλιανὸς χερσὶν ἀδωροδόκοις.

— Paton edition

Look, Light of Freedom,¹ on this gift of our
emperor Justin,² the tyrannicide, and his wife
Sophia, this skilled bronze indicator of the hours
from one to twelve. It had been stolen, and
Julianus the Praetorian Prefect recovered it with
incorruptible hands.

— Paton edition

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Paton Edition: 1 i.e. " the Sun," but the phrase is obscure. I suppose it means "Sun, who now shinest on a free state," and refers to the same matter as the epithet "tyrannicide."

2 Justin II. The title "tyrannicide" refers to the suppression of some real or fancied usurper.

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