From Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (London, 1880)

A'CESAS ('Akesas), a native of Salamis in Cyprus, famed for his skill in weaving cloth with variegated patterns (polymitarius). He and his son Helicon, who distinguished himself in the same art are mentioned by Athenaeus. (ii. p. 48, b.) Zenobius speaks of both artists, but says that Acesas (or, as he calls him Aceseus, 'Akeseus) was a native of Patara, and Helicon of Carystus. He tells us also that they were the first who made a peplus for Athena Polias. When they lived, we are not informed ; but it must have been before the time of Euripides and Plato, who mention this peplus. (Eur. Hec. 468; Plat. Euthyphr. § 6.) A specimen of the workmanship of these two artists was preserved in the temple at Delphi, bearing an inscription to the effect, that Pallas had imparted marvellous skill to their hands.

C. P. M.

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