Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Where Are You Rushing?

Giusto Traina, 428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire, tr. Allan Cameron (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009; rpt. 2011), p. xvii with note on p. 135:
Thus the man who was buried in Apamea of Syria in a Christian sepulcher dated to the early fifth century must have requested the ancient pagan motto that appears on its threshold and no doubt expresses his fatalism: "Are you rushing?—I am. And where are you rushing?—To this place."16

16. "Inscriptions grecques et latines de Syrie," IV, 1439, in D. Feissel, “Notes d’épigraphie chrétienne” (X), Bulletin de correspondance hellénique, 119, 1995, pp. 386–89.
A fuller reference to the inscription is Louis Jalabert and René Mouterde, Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, t. 4: Laodicée, Apamène, Nos 1243-1997 (Paris: Librairie orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1955 = Bibliothèque archéologique et historique, 61), number 1439 (non vidi):
☩ τρέχις; τρέχω. αἵως ποῦ; αἵως ὧδαι. ☩
In normalized spelling:
τρέχεις; τρέχω. ἕως ποῦ; ἕως ὧδε.

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