Elmalı Yurt / Pırnaz

63. Epitaph of Molesis

Μόλεσιν Καλίπου
Τατης Μολέσιος
Μάγαντος θυγ–
άτηρ καὶ Κάλιππ–
ος καὶ Κάστωρ καὶ Μό–
λης τὸν πατέρα
φιλοστοργίας ἕ–

Tates, daughter of Molesis, son of Magas, and Kallippos, Kastor and Molesis, (honored with this monument) their father Molesis, son of Kallippos for his affection.

Rectangular block, found and documented by Bean and Schindler in 1966 built into a wall "in a house in Pırnaz". It had been brought there from a field near by. We saw the stone in 2004 in the same village, now Elmalı Yurt, in the garden of Aliihsan Türkmen.

Height: 156 cm; length: 54.5 cm; depth: 54.5 cm; letters: 1.5-3 cm.

Schindler 1972, no. 24 (pl. 3.15); BullÉp 1973, no. 461; Milner 1998, p. 4, no. 4.1.

L. 1 : Μόλεσις: see no. 72. The name Κάλλιππος is widely diffused in the Greek world. In Asia Minor it seems to be more common in the coastal regions. It is attested in Pisidia and a few times in Lycia: Şahin 1999, p. 48, no. 13 (Myra); Kolb and Zimmermann 1990, p. 115, no. 1; Behrwald et al. 1998, p. 179, nos. 2 and 3 (Kyaneai); Petersen and Luschan 1889, p. 11, no. 19, o 10 (Trysa); ibid. p. 49, no. 86; ibid. p. 50, no. 87 and 88 (Simena); TAM II 905 cf. Kokkinia 2000 IV C 6-7 (Rhodiapolis). On the name of the deceased placed in the accusative case, see no. 35.

L. 2 : Probably Tατής; cf. Zgusta 1964, no. 1517.6. On this name and its variants Τατα, Τατας etc. see nos. 58 and 59. Though not explicitly mentioned, Tατης, daughter of Molesis, must be the wife of Molesis the deceased. It would not be surprising if she was both the wife and the daughter of a Molesis, as this was a common name (see no. 72).

L. 3 : Μάγας: see no. 24.

L. 5-6 : Κάστωρ: see no. 29 on Πολυδεύκης. Μόλης cf. Zgusta 1964, no. 946.1.