Later epitaph for Ioannes II recording the succession of Manuel I

An epitaph was written by Theodoros Prodromos after Manuel I was securely on the throne. Manuel is recorded as Ioannes'’ choice for the throne, and as having shown a son'’s reverence for his father’'s remains, natural in one who shared so many of his father’'s virtues 
Emperor Ioannes II Komnenos (Ioannes 2)
  • His death gave rise to several epitaphs by Theodoros 25001 which may have been written as soon as the news arrived, while another seems to have been written later, when Manuel 1's rule was established (:) Prodromos, Historische Gedichte XXV-XXIX
  • He received a traditional epitaph from Theodoros 25001 after the rest, an address by his tomb answered by an observer; after a vague list of victories, the tomb's words notice Manuel 1's accession, and express gratitude over his care for his father's remains (:) Ἐπίγραμμα εἰς τὸν τάφον τοῦ μακαρίτου βασιλέως κυροῦ Ἰωάννου τοῦ Κομνηνοῦ Prodromos, Historische Gedichte XXIX
Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (Manuel 1)
  • In a later epitaph for Ioannes 2, Manuel is called his father's choice as successor, sharing his virtues, with a reference to his status as youngest son which would become a cliché; he is also thanked for his care of his father's remains (:) ὁ λοῖσθος ... καὶ πρῶτος Prodromos, Historische Gedichte XXIX.21-41