Sunday, February 21, 2016


A House Charm

An apotropaic house charm, found in Diogenes Laertius 6.50; Clement of Alexandria, Stromata 7.26.1; Pseudo-Diogenes, Letters 36.1 = Rudolf Hercher, ed., Epistolographi Graeci (Paris: Didot, 1873), p. 249; and in inscriptions from Pompeii, Side in Pamphylia, Mylasa in Caria, etc. (my translation):
The son of Zeus, gloriously victorious Heracles,
dwells here; let nothing evil come in.

ὁ τοῦ Διὸς παῖς καλλίνικος Ἡρακλῆς
ἐνθάδε κατοικεῖ· μηδὲν εἰσίτω κακόν.

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