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Eruvim 53a). 1 7 Dedications and memory So much for some of the words for a tomb. We have seen that many inscriptions are of the type 'here lies' + name in the nominative, or 'this is the tomb of + name in the genitive. A third type is that which mentions the names of the deceased in the dative followed by the name(s) of the dedicator(s) in the nominative, sometimes with but often without a verb. If there is a verb, it usually is a fonn like ElTO[TlO€V, dve9rlK€V, KaT€OK€UaO€V, fecit, dedicavit, with the object added very seldomly; only occasionally do we find complete The term occurs only once, in one of the Beth Shearim epitaphs; see Schwabe - Lifshitz, Beth She'arim vol.

VIII). Byway of finale to this paragraph on epitaphs which address either the passer-by or the deceased, let me quote a very curious and fascinating metrical inscription from Leontopolis which presents, in Doric dialect, a fine specimen of a genre not uncommon in pagan epitaphs, namely dialogue between the passer-by and the deceased. 56 It is ell no. 1530:57 "The speaking tombstone: 'Who are you \vho lie in the dark tomb? ' - 'Arsinoe, daughter of Aline and Theodosius. av\rr€lpa. - TlS €V nJl1~4l K€lOaL; Kat lTaTpaV Kat yEVETT}V EV€TrE.

1510: 45 "This is the grave 40 Lattimore, Themes 230-237, with numerous references. Good examples (with translation) in W. Peek, Griechische GrabgedichIe, Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1960, nos. 169-183,319-328. 41 Lattimore, Themes 230. 42 A unique example in Aramaic is the inscription in Jason's tomb in Jerusalem which starts with "A powerful lament make for Jason, ... n; see N. Avigad, Aramaic Inscriptions in the Tomb of Jason, IEJ 17 (1967) 101-111. 43 See also the valuable edition with translation and commentary by E.

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