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"Speaking Worthily of the Dead is Impossible"

Epitaphios: A speech performed annually in honor of those who have died in war. The most famous that remains is Thucydides’ version of Perikles’ funeral oration (2.35-46). 281 more words


"What is Written Here is Brief": Some Roman Memorials for Memorial Day

Some Archaic Latin Inscriptions from the Loeb Classical Library (the LCL numbers are first, translations are mine). There are earlier poetic epitaphs on this site as well, … 278 more words


Eternal Wit

Whoever said, “You can’t take it with you” was obviously not referring to a sense of humor …

Here is a list of actual epitaphs from departed souls who clearly had more to say than the time to say it, or from their next of kin, who wanted to be sure they literally had the last word: 580 more words

Home And Family


There’s a certain charm in sentences that describe people and their life. One sentence about a person may not reveal anything about him but it sure can tell us what he lived for. 206 more words

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More Than Wives of Men

The headstone reads:

Lydia Ann
wife of John Ireland
died April 20, 1859
aged 41 years
8 months & 25 days

Friends and physicians could not save… 618 more words

Mt. Hope Cemetery

The Tail of the Tale

‘As silent as the grave’
– as simple as wise.
No story can be told
that outweighs all lies
when the narrator is the hero,
and the hero dies.


Land’s End

Thank you. I will leave you now,
for my cottage by the sea.
I can be sane for hours a day,
when that’s required of me. 49 more words

Poems By Alan Reynolds