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C.74. Acclamation for Hesychios

Description: Marble panel recomposed from two pieces (w: 0.72 x h: 1.05 x d: 0.04).
Text: Inscribed on one face, within an incised tabella ansata.
Letters: Foiurth-fifth century; 0.035; lunate epsilon and sigma, roughly cut.

Date: Fourth - fifth century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: House of Hesychios, in the cistern; found in 1934.
Original location: Presumably from the House of Hesychios.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


Καλόκερε Ἡϲύχι χαῖρε



English translation

Translation source: Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003

Greetings, fortunate Hesychios!


A favourable acclamation (greetings) and not a sepulcral formula (farewell).

For Hesychios see C.43, C.65, C.749, C.66, C.73. Καλόκερος (= Καλόκαιρος) a name of good omen (see Robert, Hellenica IX, 64.f), is apparently being used as an epithet. Ἡσύχιος, meaning 'tranquil' indicates a clearly related idea in the mind of the name-giver.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1960, 287, note 1, whence SEG 18.752, PHI 324454; mentioned Reynolds, 1980, 150; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 173.3i
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. C.74, on top of IRCyr08400 (1961, Joyce Reynolds)

   Fig. 2. Face (1998, Dorothy Thorn)