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.