Thursday, March 23, 2017


A Crappy Family

Cyril Mango, "The Christian Inscriptions of Macedonia," a review of Denis Feissel, Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de Macédoine du IIIe au VIe siècle (Paris: Boccard, 1983), in Classical Review 34.1 (1984) 119-120 (at 119):
I particularly like the family whose father was called Stercorius and whose daughters were Stercoria and Stercorilla (No. 9).
Here is the inscription (Feissel, p. 31):

Παραμόνα τῷ γλ̣[υ]-
κυτάτῳ ἀνδρὶ
καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτοῦ
Στερκορία καὶ Στερ-
κορίλλα καὶ Ἐπινί-
κις καὶ Κερβίων
Στερκορίῳ μνίας
χάριν· ζήσῃς ἐν θεῷ.
Paramona to her most sweet husband, and his children Sterkoria and Sterkorilla and Epinikis and Kerbiōn to Sterkorios in memoriam. May you live in God!
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From Eric Thomson:
On the subject of crappy names, don’t forget that eminent Kapellmeister in the chapel-of-ease, Samuel Scheidt (pronounced Shite). I'm quite good at recognizing composers on the radio but have never had the pleasure of declaring "That's definitely a piece of Scheidt". That would be schützpah.


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