An Attic funerary inscription (IG II2 6812) rediscovered

A columnar monument of Hymettian marble broken below. It is located at the inner courtyard of the house of Mr. Adonis Kyrou situated at no. 5, Ang. Chatzimachali (former Hypereidou) str. [Ἀγγελικῆς Χατζημιχάλη, πρώην ῾Υπερείδου] in the Plaka.1 I am most thankful to Mr. Adonis Kyrou for his kindness to show me the inscription.

The inscription was seen and copied by R. Chandler in the eighteenth century who published it his work titled Inscriptiones antiquae pleraeque nondum editae in Asia Minori et Graecia, praesertim Athenis, collectae, Oxonii 1774, 69, no. 82 (see phot.). On page xxix he notes about the find spot of the inscription: «in atrio Ecclesiae dictae Panagia Spiliotissa».

Panagia Spiliotissa (Παναγία Σπηλιώτισσα) is the small chapel situated in the cave above the theatre of Dionysos where once stood the choregic monument of Thrasyllos.
Noone after Chandler saw the stone and thus the later editions were based on his publication; see CIG 684 (A. Boeckh, ed. 1828: «In atrio Panagiae Spilioitissae; ex Chandlero Inscr. II, 82, p. 69»); S. A. Koumanoudes, Ἀττικῆς ἐπιγραφαὶ ἐπιτύμβιοι, Ἀθῆναι 1871, no. 837; IG III 1844 (ed. W. Dittenberger, 1882); IG II2 6812 (ed. J. Kirchner, 1940).


The name Σιμάριον (ἡ) is very rare; it is attested, as far as I know, in a funerary inscription of Rhodes, see ASAtene 2 (1916) 175, no. 159.

χρηστὰ χαῖρε.

A. P. Matthaiou

1 Mr. Kyrou has declared the inscription to the state authorities.