Pasicles of Ephesus

Fr. 102

       Ἠισύμνας Ἐφέσου, Πασίκλεες, ἀλλ' ἀπὸ δαίτης

Fr. 102 Harder (= 102 Pf., = 205 Mass.) P.Mil.Vogl. I 18 col. IV 36
Trismegistos 59371

Pasicles, the king of Ephesus, was killed when returning from a feast. His enemies were pursuing him in the dark, but when they passed the temple of Hera, his mother, who was a priestess there, on hearing the commotion brought a light and inadvertently aided those attacking her son.

Fr. 102

αἰσυμνάω: to rule over

Ἔφεσος -ου, ἡ: Ephesus, a city in Ionia

Πασίκλης -εους, ὁ: Pasicles

δαίτη -ης, ἡ: a feast, banquet

Fr. 102a Harder (= Diegesis IV 36 - V 2; 1.106 Pf.) P.Mil.Vogl. I 18 col. IV 36 - V 2 [image], Trismegistos 59371

       Ἠισύμνας Ἐφέσου, Πασίκλεες, ἀλλ' ἀπὸ δαίτης

               Φησὶν ὅτ[ι] Πασικλῆς Ἐφεσίων ἄρχων

               ἐξ εὐωχίας ἀνέλυεν· ἐπιτιθέμε-

               νοι δέ τινες αὐτῷ ὑπὸ τοῦ σκότους

5            ἐδυσθέτουν, ὅτε δὲ προῆλθον πρὸς

               τὸ Ἥραιον, ἡ μήτηρ τοῦ Πασικλέους

               ἱέρεια οὖσα διὰ τὸν ψόφον τοῦ

               διωγμοῦ λύχνον ἐκέλευσεν προ-

               ενεγκεῖν οἱ· οἱ δὲ τυχόντες φωτὸς ἀνεῖ-

10          λον αὐτῆς τὸν παῖδα.


"You ruled over Ephesus, Pasicles, but after a feast"

     He says that Pasicles, ruler of the Ephesians,

     returned from a feast. Some men who were

     attacking him were in trouble on account of

     the darkness, but when they arrived at5

     the Heraion, Pasicles' mother,

     the priestess, ordered a lamp to be brought

     because of the noise of the chase.

     And when they got the light, they killed

     her son.10

Fr. 102

You ruled over Ephesus, Pasicles, but after a feast

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Suggested Citation

Susan Stephens, Callimachus: Aetia. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-947822-07-8.