Sunday, September 20, 2020


Estote Ergo Imitatores Dei

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 8.11, lines 1-2 (Tiberias, 3rd century AD), tr. Richmond Lattimore, Themes in Greek and Latin Epitaphs (1935; rpt. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1962), p. 212:
I lie here, Amandus, who enjoyed every kind of luxury.
I lived like a god for a great number of years.

ἐνθάδε κεῖμε Ἄμανδος, τρυφῆς πάσης ὁ μετασχών,
   ἰσοθέως ζήσας πουλὺν ἐτῶν ἀριθμόν.
See Baruch Lifshitz, "Notes d'épigraphie palestinienne," Revue Biblique 73.2 (April, 1966) 248-257 (at 248-255, on "le thème de la jouissance de la vie terrestre ... dans les inscriptions funéraires").

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