Monday, August 18, 2014


A Greek Inscription

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese (London: John Murray, 1958; rpt. New York: New York Review Books, 2006), p. 35 (at Kardamyli, ancient Kardamyle):
In a little room in the schoolhouse was a rose antique funerary slab with a beautifully incised epitaph in Hellenistic characters commemorating the great love and respect that all his contemporaries felt for the deceased, "the Ephebe Sosicles the Lacedaemonian." The inscription ended with a delicate curved loop of knotted and fluttering ribbon.
I find a dozen inscriptions from the Peloponnese mentioning people named Sosicles in the Packard Humanities Institute's Searchable Greek Inscriptions database, but none matching this description.

Otto Frödin and ‎A.W. Persson, Rapport préliminaire sur les fouilles d'Asiné: 1922-1924 (Lund: Gleerups, 1925 = Bulletin de la Societe Royale des Lettres de Lund, 1924-1925, fasc. 2), p. 149 (?), number 23, with plate XIX c, is a "Fragment d'une stèle en marbre rouge" at Kardamylé, but I can't see much more than that in Google Books' snippet view.

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