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88. From Hierocles To Zenon

P. Cairo Zen. 59060.257 b.c.

1Ἱεροκλῆς Ζήνων[ι χ]αίρειν. [εἰ ἔ]ρρωσαι, ἔχοι ἂν καλῶς· ὑγιαίνομεν δὲ καὶ ἡμεῖς. ἔ[γραψάς] 2μοι περὶ Πύρρου, εἰ [μὲ]ν ἀκρει[βῶ]ς ἐπιστάμεθα, ἀλείφειν αὐτόν, εἰ δὲ μέ, μὴ συνβῆ[ι ἀνήλω-] 3μά τε μάταιον προσπεσεῖν καὶ [ἀ]πὸ τῶν γραμμάτων ἀποσ{σ}παθῆναι. π[ερ]ὶ μὲν οὖ[ν τοῦ με] 4ἐπίσ{σ}τασθαι οἱ θεοὶ μάλιστ᾿ ἂν εἰδέησαν, Πτολεμαίωι δὲ φαίνεται, ὅσα κατ᾿ ἄ[νθρωπον], 5ὅτι τῶν νῦν ἀλιφομένων, οἳ προειλήφασιν χρόνον πολύν, πολὺ κρείττων Πύ[ρρος?] 6καὶ σφόδρα ὀλίγου χρόνου πολὺ ὑπερέξει αὐτῶν· προσπορεύεται δὲ καὶ πρὸς [ταῦτα] 7καὶ πρὸς τὰ λοιπὰ μαθήματα· σὺν δὲ θεοῖς εἰπεῖν, ἐλπίζω σε στεφανωθήσεσθαι. ἀπ[όστειλον] 8δὲ αὐτῶι ἐγλουστρίδα ὅ τι τάχος, καὶ μάλιστα μὲν ἔστω τὸ δέρμα αἴγειον, εἰ δὲ μέ, [μόσχειον] 9λεπτόν, καὶ χιτῶνα καὶ ἱμάτιον καὶ τὸ στρωμάτιον καὶ περίστρωμα καὶ προσ[κεφάλαια] 10καὶ τὸ μέλι. ἔγραψας δέ μοι θαυμάζεις εἰ μὴ

  • 2l. μή.
  • 3l. ἀποσπασθῆναι.
  • 5π. [. . . . . .] Ed.
  • 8l. μή.
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88. From Hierocles To Zenon

257 b.c.

Hierocles to Zenona greeting. If you are well, it would be excellent. I too am in good health. You wrote to me about Pyrrhus, telling me to trainb him if I am quite certain of his success,c but if not, to avoid incurring useless expense and distracting him from his studies. Now as for my being certain, the gods should know best, but it seems to Ptolemaeus, as far as a man can tell, that Pyrrhus is much better than those now being trained, though they started long before him, and that in a very short time he will be far ahead of them; moreover he is pursuing his other studies as well; and to speak with the gods’ leave, I hope to see you crowned. Make haste to send him a bathing-apron, and if possible let it be of goatskin or, if not, of thin sheepskin, and a tunic and cloak, and the mattress, coverlet and pillows, and the honey. You wrote to me that you were

  • aThe person to whom this and the following letters were addressed was the private agent of Apollonius the dioecetes. financial minister of Ptolemy II.
  • bFor competition in the public games.
  • cA fuller version of the same letter, in the British Museum, has ὅτι νικήσει after ἐπιστάμεθα.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.select_papyri_private_affairs_letters.1932